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Laughter (1930)

A former chorus girl weds a millionaire after the composer she loves leaves. Meanwhile, she strings along an artist in love with her. When the composer returns, she struggles with her needs for security vs love. High jinks and drama ensue.

Director:

Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast (as H. d'Abbadie d'Arrast)

Writers:

Douglas Z. Doty (screenplay), Douglas Z. Doty (story) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Nancy Carroll ... Peggy Gibson
Fredric March ... Paul Lockridge
Frank Morgan ... C. Mortimer Gibson
Glenn Anders ... Ralph Le Sainte
Diane Ellis ... Marjorie Gibson
Ollie Burgoyne Ollie Burgoyne ... Pearl - Peggy's Maid
Leonard Carey ... Benham, Gibson's Butler
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A former chorus girl weds a millionaire after the composer she loves leaves. Meanwhile, she strings along an artist in love with her. When the composer returns, she struggles with her needs for security vs love. High jinks and drama ensue.

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The emotion-swept romance of a modern woman who found that life without laughter is living death (Print Ad-Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 9 November 1930) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Orson Welles cast scene-stealing character-actor Glenn Anders in The Lady From Shanghai because he had remembered how good he was in this film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Royal Family of Broadway (1930) See more »

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Little Did I Know
by Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman and Sammy Fain
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Wonderful and delightful charming picture
1 September 2001 | by cocoanut_groveSee all my reviews

"Laughter" is a glorious romantic comedy with a terrific cast including that great man of the screen, Fredric March. It concerns a young woman who has married for stability and wealth, but can't forget the love of her life, played by the delicious Mr March. It was made at Paramount's Long Island studios, and some scenes were shot on location in New York, giving the movie a different "look" to many others of the period. Some people think of this movie as the first "Screwball" comedy. "Laughter" was Frank Morgan's first talkie and the last movie for Diane Ellis who plays his daughter. She died on her honeymoon in December 1930.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1930 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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