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Laughing Boy (1934)

Laughing Boy, is a Navaho from a remote part of the reservation, while Slim Girl was raised by whites in a town and lives as a white man's mistress. They meet at a pow-wow and marry, in ... See full summary »

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke (uncredited)

Writers:

John Colton (screen play), John Lee Mahin (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Laughing Boy
Lupe Velez ... Slim Girl
William B. Davidson ... George Hartshorne (as William Davidson)
Chief Thunderbird Chief Thunderbird ... Laughing Boy's Father
Catalina Rambula Catalina Rambula ... Laughing Boy's Mother
Harlan Knight Harlan Knight ... Wounded Face (as Tall Man's Boy)
Philip Armenta Philip Armenta ... Yellow Singer (as F.A. Armenta)
Deer Spring Deer Spring ... Jesting Squaw's Son
Pellicana Pellicana ... Red Man
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Storyline

Laughing Boy, is a Navaho from a remote part of the reservation, while Slim Girl was raised by whites in a town and lives as a white man's mistress. They meet at a pow-wow and marry, in spite of the disapproval of Laughing Boy's family. Slim Girl tries to be a good Indian wife, but is tempted to fall back on her old ways. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for 1929. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Selvagem See more »

Filming Locations:

Cameron, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$518,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ramon Navarro, long retired from the screen and all but forgotten, was robbed and brutally murdered by two brothers in 1968. Lupe Velez committed suicide December 14, 1944 of Seconal poisoning. See more »

Goofs

When she finds the coins left by Laughing Boy, Slim Girl's (Lupe Velez blouse switches between being open/unbuttoned (and quite 'revealing') and closed/ buttoned several times. See more »

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Featured in La noche de...: La sombra de la sospecha (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

My Pony Boy
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Charley O'Donnell
Lyrics by Bobby Heath
Played and sung on a record
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Novarro Indian Love Call
24 March 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Singing silversmith Ramon Novarro (as Laughing Boy) attends his first annual "Great Sing Dance." He and other Navajo Natives trade and sell with Caucasian people. At night, Mr. Novarro becomes acquainted with seductive dancer Lupe Velez (as Slim Girl). She's also an American Indian, but was schooled and lived in the White Man's world (as Lily). After initial apprehension, the two become aroused and begin a relationship. Sadly, Ms. Velez is considered tainted by her past association with Whites. She has trouble being accepted as a squaw by Novarro's people, and ventures into town...

It's hard to believe this film was based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (by Oliver La Farge). The story does have an intriguing conflict between the "Native" and "White" worlds, but it is not artfully brought to the film. Navarro and Velez have good screen chemistry, but do not impersonate their characters convincingly. Both were often given "ethnic" roles. One of Novarro's advantages in the "talkies" was his singing, and he is in fine voice, here. You will notice the "swastika" prominently displayed on Novarro's Indian blanket - of course, this has nothing to do with the Nazi symbol.

**** Laughing Boy (4/13/34) W.S. Van Dyke ~ Ramon Novarro, Lupe Velez, William Davidson, Harlan Knight


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