Laughter


1h 21m 1930

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 25, 1930
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount-Publix Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 21m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.20 : 1
Film Length
7,134ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

Peggy Gibson, a former Follies beauty, forsakes her life of carefree attachments to marry C. Mortimer Gibson, an elderly but very wealthy broker. A year later, three significant events occur almost simultaneously: Ralph Le Saint, a young sculptor, still in love with Peggy, plans his suicide in a mood of bitterness; Paul Lockridge, a pianist, also in love with her, returns from Paris and offers her his companionship as a diversion from her stuffy life; and Gibson's daughter, Marjorie, returns from schooling abroad. Marjorie is paired with Ralph, and their escapades result in considerable trouble for the old gentleman, while Paul implores Peggy to go to Paris with him, declaring "You are rich--dirty rich. You are dying. You need laughter to make you clean," but she refuses. When Marjorie plans to elope with Ralph, Peggy exposes the sculptor as a fortune hunter, and dejected, he commits suicide. As a result, Peggy confesses her unhappiness to Gibson, then joins Paul and laughter in Paris.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 25, 1930
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount-Publix Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 21m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.20 : 1
Film Length
7,134ft (8 reels)

Award Nominations

Best Writing, Screenplay

1931
Harry D'Abbadie D'Arrast

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Trivia

Notes

In 1931, Laughter was remade in Spanish, French and German-language versions. For information on those versions, see entry for Lo mejor es reír. Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast, Douglas Doty and Donald Odgen Stewart were nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Writing (Original Story) category.