The Sound of Laughter (1963)

A compilation that features film clips mostly from Educational Film Company comedies of the 1930s


John O'Shaughnessy


Fred Saidy (narration)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Wynn ... College Professor (Master of Ceremonies)
Buster Keaton ... Elmer Butts (archive footage)
Danny Kaye ... Nikolai Nikolayevich (archive footage)
Bing Crosby ... Bing Fawcett - Plumber (archive footage)
Bob Hope ... Bob (Singer in Grocery Store) (archive footage)
Bert Lahr ... Egbert Bunting / Roland Montague (archive footage)
Harry Ritz ... Harry - Hotel Manager (archive footage) (as The Ritz Brothers)
Al Ritz ... Al - Hotel House Detective (archive footage) (as The Ritz Brothers)
Jimmy Ritz ... Jimmy - Hotel Bellboy (archive footage) (as The Ritz Brothers)
Shirley Temple ... La Belle Diaperina (Saloon Singer) (archive footage)
Milton Berle ... Elmer Brown (Singer with Cocktail Glasses) (archive footage)
Imogene Coca ... Miss Klutz (Ballerina) (archive footage)
Lillian Roth ... Singer on Telephone (archive footage)
Will Mahoney Will Mahoney ... Will Mahoney (Tap Dancer) (archive footage)
Joan Davis ... Jennie Kurtz (Hillbilly Singer) (archive footage)


Ed Wynn narrates this compilation of short subjects produced in the 1930s by Educational Pictures. Educational's talent roster included young performers on the way up, older stars who were still popular, and Broadway and vaudeville headliners. This feature offers a representative sampling from all three categories. The clips are not identified, but the major sequences are taken from GRAND SLAM OPERA and ONE-RUN ELMER with Buster Keaton, THE HITCH HIKER with Harry Langdon, HOTEL ANCHOVY with The Ritz Brothers, DREAM HOUSE with Bing Crosby, POPPIN' THE CORK with Milton Berle, MONTAGUE THE MAGNIFICENT with Bert Lahr, GOING SPANISH with Bob Hope and Leah Ray, THE INVENTORS with Col. Stoopnagle and Budd, GLAD RAGS TO RICHES with Shirley Temple, and CUPID TAKES A HOLIDAY with Danny Kaye. Shorter clips appear from the Educational shorts MR. WIDGET, DATES AND NUTS, THE BASHFUL BALLERINA, MILLION DOLLAR MELODY, SHE'S MY LILLY, WAY UP THAR, ALL-AMERICAN KICKBACK, and TWO LAME DUCKS, among ... Written by Scott MacGillivray

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A Star-Studded Parade of the Classic Clowns at Their Most Hilarious!







Release Date:

17 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nevetés hangja See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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