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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 »

Director:

Ford Beebe

Writers:

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

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
Ivan Lebedeff ... Don Flavio Montenegro
Noah Beery ... Hauseman
Tully Marshall ... Stone
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Prison Warden
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Jones (as Guinn Williams)
Frankie Darro ... Chango
Edmund Breese ... Cabinet Officer
Dewey Robinson ... Smith
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Storyline

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)


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gringo See more »

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Production Co:

Mascot Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Mrs. McHale: Denny, you're in some sort of trouble again.
Dennis P. McHale: How do you know?
Mrs. McHale: Could you be so happy otherwise?
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Enter Laughing at Your Own Risk
4 April 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

This poorly executed production stars Victor McLaglen (as Dennis Patrick McHale), a smiling rogue who does the titular "Laughing at Life" from the 1913 mining scene opening until 1933. It's interesting to consider Mr. McLaglen is the same impressive actor from Raoul Walsh's "What Price Glory" (1926) who would find his footing in more sound pictures with director John Ford. While McLaglen handles most of the action, Regis Toomey (as Pat Collins) and Frankie Darro (as Chango) emerge from the lengthy cast as important story and screen-time significant co-stars. The woefulness here is may not be suggested by an illustrious supporting cast, headed by veteran Henry B. Walthall.

**** Laughing at Life (7/12/33) Ford Beebe ~ Victor McLaglen, Regis Toomey, Frankie Darro, Henry B. Walthall


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