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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

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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falsa personalidad 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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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Alternate-language version of Rive gauche (1931) See more »

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Little Did I Know
by Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman and Sammy Fain
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Clearly a pre-code plot!
25 December 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Up until July, 1934, the job of policing the films out of Hollywood was mostly left up to Hollywood. There was no rating system and practically anything might appear in movies. While not extremely common, nudity, adultery, abortion, homosexuality and promiscuity were featured in quite a few pictures...including in Biblical epics such as "Ben Hur" (1925) and "The Sign of the Cross". Often, when folks use the term 'pre-code' they are usually referring to the more extreme films of this era...and "Laughter" clearly is a pre-code plot, as its main theme is adultery.

When the film begins, you learn that Peggy (Nancy Carroll) has married a rich guy (Frank Morgan). But she also has had some admirers--including a suicidal artist and one lover (Frederic March) who stops by for a visit! Now Peggy must decide whether she wants to stay married to the rich man or run off with fun-loving Paul.

Post 1934, such plots clearly would NOT have been allowed until, perhaps, the 1960s. The notion of an old boyfriend showing up and the young wife going off with him to spend a day with him was just too broadminded for the post-code days...and hard to believe that the husband would just sit back and allow this outing to take place. It is, however, reasonably interesting to watch though not the comedy I expected (IMDB called it a comedy romance...but there were very few laughs). Worth your time...especially if you are a pre-code fan but not a fan I'd rush to see either.


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