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Laugh and Get Rich (1931)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 April 1931 (USA)
Man takes his wife's stashed money and is conned into investing it in an oil well.


Gregory La Cava


Douglas MacLean (by), Gregory La Cava (screen play) | 1 more credit »


Complete credited cast:
Edna May Oliver ... Sarah Austin
Hugh Herbert ... Joe Austin
Dorothy Lee ... Alice Austin
Russell Gleason ... Larry Owens
John Harron ... Bill Hepburn
Charles Sellon ... Biddle
George Davis ... Vincentini
Robert Emmett Keane ... Phelps
Maude Fealy ... Miss Teasdale
Louise Mackintosh ... Sarah's Sister
Lita Chevret ... Silent Party Guest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arline Judge ... Young Lady at Dance (scenes deleted)
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The Austin family faces the depression head on with Sarah running a boarding house and Joe trying to hit it big with increasingly crazy inventions. When daughter Alice dates a wealthy bachelor, their brushes with high society lead to colorful situations.

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A Drama of Laughs A Comedy of Tears (Print Ad- Wisconsin News, ((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 28 May 1931)





Did You Know?


Pop! Goes the Weasel
Traditional 17th century English song
Played by the band at the party
Danced to by Edna May Oliver and Hugh Herbert, as well as guests
Played at the end
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Miss Oliver & Mr. Herbert Aim To Please
20 February 2002 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

The no-nonsense wife of a whimsical, unemployed inventor knows it's impossible to LAUGH AND GET RICH.

This mildly amusing little movie is blessed with the talents of two of Hollywood's finest character actors - Miss Edna May Oliver & Mr. Hugh Herbert. As usual , they both give their full effort, wringing all they can out of their lines. Alas, the script gives them scant support, indecisive as to whether it wants to be a domestic comedy or a drama. Much of the time is spent dealing with the characters' financial woes and it is difficult to get many laughs from penury.

But the two leads are worth watching, irregardless, if only for their one wonderful scene, in which an inebriated Oliver & compliant Herbert joyously compel an entire party of stuffy society types to unbend and romp about the room to the music of 'Pop! Goes The Weasel.'

Kewpie doll-cute Dorothy Lee (doubtless on parole from Wheeler & Woolsey) plays their daughter, a young lady replete with all the requisite romantic difficulties. Oliver's boarding house tenants include elderly, deaf Charles Sellon & Italian immigrant George Davis, an artist handicapped by his inability to paint anything but cows.

Movie mavens will recognize teenager Rochelle Hudson at the country club dance and Ivan Lebedeff as the oily Count at the party, both uncredited.

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Release Date:

20 April 1931 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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