8 user 1 critic

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 »

On Disc

at Amazon


Learn more

More Like This 

Mystery Liner (1934)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Police try to solve a murder on board an ocean liner.

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Noah Beery, Astrid Allwyn, Edwin Maxwell
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young woman and her doctor husband are victims of a blackmail scheme when it is discovered that she was born in prison.

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Stars: Anne Nagel, Warren Hull, Mayo Methot
Heartaches (1947)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Up-and-coming Hollywood actor/crooner, Vic Morton, has a secret. He starts receiving death threats in the mail and an attempt on his life is made. Soon after, two of his associates are murdered. Who is behind it all?

Director: Basil Wrangell
Stars: Sheila Ryan, Edward Norris, Chill Wills
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A publisher bets an author that he won't be able to write a romantic adventure novel while on a walking trip from New York to San Francisco. The author takes the bet, and runs into some ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Neil Hamilton, Irene Hervey, Lloyd Hughes
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Dr. Maurice Lamar is a noted plastic-surgeon who makes his rich clients beautiful, and also makes them. He makes Eve Caron, the wife of Marcel Caron, so satisfied with his skilled hands ... See full summary »

Director: Harlan Thompson
Stars: Cary Grant, Helen Mack, Genevieve Tobin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A drama set in filmland, following the triumphs and heartaches of women who try to succeed in the movie industry.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Marion Shilling, Beryl Mercer, Rex Bell
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Mike Douglas (Barry Sullivan), owner of a nitroglycerin concern hires his old friend "Buzz" Mitchell (Chester Morris), a race-driver of midget-auto cars who has been banned from racing, to ... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Chester Morris, Jean Parker, Barry Sullivan
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When the miners of Roaring Camp become Godfathers to a motherless baby, they name the boy Luck and promise to set aside money for him from their diggings. But when they strike it rich the ... See full summary »

Director: Irvin Willat
Stars: Owen Davis Jr., Charles Brokaw, Joan Woodbury
Certificate: Passed Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Freckles (Johnny Downs) comes home from college...and the sheriff accuses him of murder, gangsters put him on the spot, and his girl friend, Jane (Gale Storm), falls in love with a confidence man.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Johnny Downs, Gale Storm, Mantan Moreland
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Father hires a woman to lure his son away from a gold digger.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: Betty Compson, John Darrow, Gilbert Emery
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Barbara "Babs" Penfield is trying to convince her father, laundry-magnate F. Thorndyke Penfield, to invest money in a proposition from her sweetheart Rodney Randall. Her father refuses as ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Evalyn Knapp, Chick Chandler, Berton Churchill
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Dramatic events in a Harlem apartment house center around Pa Wilkins, chosen by the Better Business League to replace their ousted, crooked leader Marshall...who wants revenge; and Pa's ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dreifuss
Stars: Mamie Smith, Alec Lovejoy, Norman Astwood


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


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Passed | See all certifications »





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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

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: Denny, you're in some sort of trouble again.
Dennis P. McHale: How do you know?
Mrs. McHale: Could you be so happy otherwise?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed