Laugh It Off


1h 4m 1939

Film Details

Also Known As
Listen Kids
Release Date
Dec 1, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 4m
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Mary Carter, Sylvia Swan, Elizabeth Rockingham and Tess Gibson, four old-time actresses, are comfortably ensconsed at the Havenrest Home for aged troupers when they suddenly find themselves on the streets after the estate of the late Stanley Spencer, the home's trustee, declares bankruptcy. Determined to save the home, Tess convinces her three friends to accompany her to New York, where her nephew Stephen Hannis, practices law. In a New York courtroom, Tess finds Steve, who is a far better musician than lawyer, and Steve agrees to visit Stanley's niece Ruth, the only surviving member of the Spencer family, to recover the Havenrest funds. When they meet Ruth, however, they find that she is broke but sympathetic to the plight of the women. Her first plan of action scrapped, Tess decides to solicit Lizzie's estranged son-in-law, Barney "Gimpy" Cole, the owner of the Club Clover, for the money. At the club, Tess hits a winning streak at the crap table when the police appear and raid the place. Although they are represented by Steve, the judge gives the ladies ten days to establish financial solvency, or be sentenced to the poorhouse. Gimpy, who is broke and threatened by Phil Ferranti, the gambler to whom he owes $30,0000, invites the four to stay with him in his penthouse, where Tess has the brilliant idea of reopening the Club Clover as a nightclub. Steve organizes a band while Tess exploits the publicity angle of four old "broads" having to sing to stay out of the poorhouse. Tess's publicity campaign embarrasses Mary's son, a mayoral candidate, and Sylvia's brother, a prominent physician, who get a restraining order to prevent their relatives from performing in the show. On opening night, Tess convinces Ferranti to take a percentage of the club as payment for Gimpy's debt, and after the deputy delivering the restraining order is locked in the freezer, the show goes on to rave reviews and smashing success.

Film Details

Also Known As
Listen Kids
Release Date
Dec 1, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 4m
Film Length
7 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this picture was Listen Kids. Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a cutting continuity included in the studio files. A Hollywood Reporter production chart includes Vernon Keays as assistant director.