Laughter (1930)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy, Sophisticated Comedy  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Laughter is a sophisticated romantic comedy belying the "fact" that most early talkies were stiff and dull. Nancy Carroll plays a Follies dancer who meets her goal of marrying a millionaire (Frank Morgan). Alas, her husband is a well-meaning bore, and soon Nancy begins seeking entertainment elsewhere. She reunites with her former boyfriend (Fredric March), a composer who seems to have a funny quip for every occasion. This adult affair is paralleled by the romance between Nancy's stepdaughter and a devil-may-care sculptor. Though the plot mechanics slow down towards the climax, Laughter manages to sustain the promise of its title for nearly 80 minutes.

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extramarital-affair, love, arrest, bail, rekindle, romance, suicide-attempt, friendship, millionaire, sculpture, shelter, show-business, husband, marriage, traveling, depression, mansion, police