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Laughing at Life (1933)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 12 July 1933 (USA)
Easter, a soldier of fortune and gunrunner, leaves his family behind escaping from the authorities and an American detective named Mason. His globe hopping escape leads him finally to South... See full summary »


Ford Beebe


Ford Beebe (original story), Prescott Chaplin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor McLaglen ... Dennis P. McHale / Burke / Captain Hale
Conchita Montenegro ... Panchita
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Inspector Mason (as William Boyd)
Lois Wilson ... Mrs. McHale
Henry B. Walthall ... President Valenzuela
Regis Toomey ... Pat Collins / Mc Hale
Ruth Hall ... Alice Lawton
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Jones (as Guinn Williams)
Dewey Robinson ... Smith
Ivan Lebedeff ... Don Flavio Montenegro
Mathilde Comont ... Mamacita
Noah Beery ... Hauseman
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Prison Warden
Tully Marshall ... Stone
Henry Armetta ... Fruit Vendor


Easter, a soldier of fortune and gunrunner, leaves his family behind escaping from the authorities and an American detective named Mason. His globe hopping escape leads him finally to South America, where he is hired to organize a band of revolutionaries, unaware that they plan to eliminate him when his job is done. Here, also, he encounters his own son, on track to waste his own life in pursuits similar to Easter's. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A Doldier of Fortune-A Price on his head! (Print ad- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 8 September 1933)


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gringo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mascot Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast Sunday 17 December 1939 on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS, which was commercially launched in mid-1941 as WNBT (Channel 1). Post WWII televiewers got their first look at it Tuesday 27 July 1948 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5) in New York City, who relayed it to their newly launched WNHC (Channel 6) in New Haven, Connecticut and WNAC (Channel 7) in Boston. It first aired in Cincinnati Sunday 11 December 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7). See more »


Mrs. McHale: Sometimes I'm afraid you're related to your father.
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Fast paced action flick.
30 June 2006 | by cobram-1See all my reviews

I found this to be a fun movie to watch. It is an action film, and a manly film about a manly man, who lives by his own rules. The star is a cross between an Indiana Jones and an Ernest Hemmingway. The title is, although not the greatest, a reflection of how the main character deals with the dangers and situations he gets himself into. This is a man who chose to live outside the law, and seeks danger wherever he can find it, he lives life with gusto, and he lives his life like a real man, no politically correct baloney in this movie, no apologies or touchy feely nonsense either. It's a rough and tumble action movie, with a good plot, a couple of plot twists, and even some decent acting on occasion! It has some comical interactions too. If you get the chance to download this (it's a public domain film, available from a few sites on the internet) or see it on DVD or TV, do it, you'll have yourself an enjoyable, light hour of entertainment.

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