Laughing at Death (1929)

Run Time - 55 min.  |  
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In one of his final silent films, cowboy hero Bob Steele plays a dual role, Prisoner of Zenda style. One of the Steeles is the prince of the mythical country of Libania, while the other is a down-to-earth college student, working his way through school as a ship's stoker. Inevitably, the stoker poses as the prince to save the latter from political assassins. And, of course, the prince pretends to be the stoker, a job to which he adapts with astonishing ease. The climax finds both Steeles fighting shoulder to shoulder (or as close as possible, given the paucity of split-screen sequences) to defeat the villains.



assassination, criminal, impersonation, prince, student