Laughing at Life (1933)





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At first concentrating exclusively on westerns and serials, up-and-coming Mascot Pictures began branching out in the early 1930s with such lavish star vehicles as Laughing at Life. Victor McLaglen is in his element as a devil-may-care globetrotting adventurer named McHale. After risking his neck in WWI, the restless McHale heads to Mexico for more action. Before the film is half over, our hero is overseeing a South American revolution, and in this capacity comes face-to-face with his long-estranged son -- who, like his dad, is a thrillseeker travelling under an assumed name. The star-studded cast includes William "Stage" Boyd, Regis Toomey, Frankie Darro, Henry B. Walthall, Noah Beery Jr., J. Farrell McDonald and Lois Wilson -- many appearing in one scene each, indicating that the ever-economical Mascot studios hired these talented thespians by the day rather than the week. Also showing up uncredited is ace stuntman Yakima Canutt, doubling for Victor McLaglen in the more strenuous action scenes.
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Ruth Hall
as Alice Lawton
Lois Wilson
as Mrs. McHale
Henry B. Walthall
as President Valenzuela
Regis Toomey
as Pat Collins
Ivan Lebedeff
as Don Flavio Montenegro
Mathilde Comont
as Mamacita
Noah Beery Sr.
as Hauseman
Henry Armetta
as Fruit Vendor
Edmund Breese
as Cabinet Officer
Frankie Darro
as Chango
Buster Phelps
as Young Pat 'Denny'
Pat O'Malley
as Detective Agency Official
William Desmond
as Military Cabinet Officer
Lloyd Whitlock
as WWI Commanding Officer
Philo McCullough
as Capt. Valdez
George Humbert
as Beverage Vendor
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