Laughing Boy

1934

Laughing Boy

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There were very few laughs in this phlegmatic film adaptation of the Oliver LaFarge's Pulitzer Prize winning novel Laughing Boy. The title character is a young and impressionable Native American, played by Ramon Novarro. Laughing Boy marries Slim Girl (Lupe Velez), a fellow tribesperson who had previously been led into a life of sin and debauchery by libidinous white men. She persuades her husband to leave his tribe and move to the big city, ostensibly to improve his chances of selling his hand-made silver jewelry. In truth, however, Slim Girl is interested only in staying close to her white lover. When Laughing Boy realizes he's being cuckolded, he grabs his bow and arrow to seek revenge, but finds only tragedy instead. Despite the eminently censurable elements in Laughing Boy, including one scene that was hastily edited out just before its general release, the Hays Office found fault only with the film's negative depiction of government Indian agents! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Ramon Novarro
as Laughing Boy
Lupe Velez
as Slim Girl
William B. Davidson
as George Hartshone
Chief Thunderbird
as Laughing Boy's Father
Tall Man's Boy
as Wounded Face
F.A. Armenta
as Yellow Singer
Deer Spring
as Squaw's Son
Pellicana
as Red Man
Harlan E. Knight
as Wounded Face
Julius Bogua
as Jesting Squaw's Son
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