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Original title Laughter
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1930
length 85 minutes
Director Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast
script Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast,
Douglas Z. Doty ,
Herman J. Mankiewicz ,
Donald Ogden Stewart
production Monta Bell
music Vernon Duke
camera George J. Folsey
cut Helene Turner

Laughter is an American comedy film from 1930.


Former dancer Peggy Gibson is married to older and wealthy merchant C. Mortimer Gibson. A year later, three events happen almost simultaneously. The sculptor Ralph Le Saint, who is in love with Peggy, wants to take his own life out of frustration. The pianist Paul Lockridge, who is also in love with Peggy, comes back from Paris and offers her a partnership. Marjorie, the trader's daughter is returning from her training.

Marjorie and Ralph have become a couple. For her father, the turbulent relationship between the two is a source of constant anger. Meanwhile Paul begs Peggy to go to Paris with him. She is rich, filthy rich. She is not alive. You need the laugh to come back to normal. But Peggy refuses. When Marjorie plans to run away with Ralph, Peggy shows him off as a soldier of fortune. Unmasked, he commits suicide.

Peggy confesses to her husband how unhappy she is secretly and accompanies Paul to Paris.


The film is one of over 700 Paramount Pictures productions shot between 1929 and 1949, the television rights of which were sold to Universal Pictures in 1958 . The world premiere took place on September 25, 1930.


Mordaunt Hall, of the New York Times, found the jolly jumble to be highly cunning nonsense, drama, and satire. Variety praised Fredric March, who stole the show from everyone else. Channel 4 saw the film as a romantic comedy with the occasional dark undertone. The “real star” of the film is the “witty script”.


At the 1931 Academy Awards , Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast, Douglas Z. Doty, and Donald Ogden Stewart were nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Story category.

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Individual evidence

  1. March Hares. Love and Honor. In: The New York Times , November 15, 1930.
  2. See Laughter . In: Variety , 1930.
  3. See ( Memento from January 10, 2017 in the Internet Archive )