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Laughter in Hell (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 12 January 1933 (USA)
In the late 1800s, a man is sentenced to life at hard labor for killing his wife and her lover.

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writers:

Tom Reed (screenplay), Jim Tully (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... Barney Slaney
Gloria Stuart ... Lorraine
Merna Kennedy ... Marybelle Evans
Tom Brown ... Barton
Berton Churchill ... Mike Slaney
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Mileaway
Tommy Conlon ... Barney as a Boy
Arthur Vinton ... Grover Perkins
Mickey Bennett ... Grover as a Boy
Clarence Muse ... Abraham Jackson
Douglass Dumbrille ... Ed Perkins
Dick Winslow ... Ed Perkins, as a boy
Rollo Lloyd ... Zeb
Noel Madison ... Brownfield
Tom Ricketts ... Judge
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In the late 1800s, a man is sentenced to life at hard labor for killing his wife and her lover.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

ARE CHAIN GANG MEN REAL HEROES of ROMANCE? (Print ad- Elmira Star-Gazette ((Elmira, N. Y.)) 8 February 1933)

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inferno dos Vivos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jim Tully was reportedly very unhappy with the final version of the film. See more »

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That Was Awkward
30 May 2014 | by MaliejandraSee all my reviews

Laughter in Hell never seems to figure out just what kind of a movie it is. Is it a romance, a revenge story, a jail picture? It hops around willy-nilly without sufficient binding in between. Some of the scenes are incredibly awkward too, especially the one where Pat O'Brien reveals to his father that he has just murdered his arch rival, the man who had been sleeping with his wife. The father doesn't react. He just keeps rocking back and forth in his rocking hair, with his back to the camera. Then O'Brien continues; he has also killed his wife. The father pops up with a start! "You did what?!?" As if it is fine to have a murderous son, as long as he isn't murdering women.


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