Laughing Boy (1934)

Approved   |    |  Drama, Romance, Western


Laughing Boy (1934) Poster

Laughing Boy, is a Navaho from a remote part of the reservation, while Slim Girl was raised by whites in a town and lives as a white man's mistress. They meet at a pow-wow and marry, in ... See full summary »


4.8/10
109

Photos


See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


21 March 2006 | bkoganbing
5
| Tragic Romance Along the Navajo Trail
In viewing Laughing Boy today I counted elements of Camille, Romeo and Juliet and Duel in the Sun in the plot of this Indian love story.

Ramon Novarro plays the title role and he's a Navajo from way off in the rural part of the reservation. Lupe Velez is also a Navajo, but an orphan who is the live in mistress of William B. Davidson.

It's doomed from the start. Lupe's been living too long in the white man's world and Ramon's family simply will not accept her. It ends bad for both of them.

I've got a mixed reaction to the film. I've got to give some credit to MGM at that time for even attempting to make a film showing Indians as three dimensional people. They do in fact include some stereotypes, but give the studio credit for trying.

Both Lupe and Ramon were big stars in the silent era and did make the transition to sound. They both had pleasant speaking voices. But both led lives that given the times should have been more discreet. They were both descending into B films at a steady pace. In Ramon's case the vogue for Latin lovers which crested with Rudolph Valentino in the silent era with Ramon as one of his imitators had long passed. MGM had trouble casting him.

Laughing Boy might have been a better film if MGM had been trying to build Lupe and Ramon up instead of looking to be rid of both.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

Stranded

Stranded

Secret of the Blue Room

Secret of the Blue Room

The Vampire Bat

The Vampire Bat

Mata Hari

Mata Hari

Three on a Match

Three on a Match

The Cat and the Fiddle

The Cat and the Fiddle

The Pagan

The Pagan

Jewel Robbery

Jewel Robbery

Honolulu Lu

Honolulu Lu

Nancy Drew: Detective

Nancy Drew: Detective

So Evil My Love

So Evil My Love

Toward the Unknown

Toward the Unknown

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Drama | Romance | Western

What to Watch: "The Expanse," '6 Underground,' & More

Here's our breakdown of the best things to stream this week including a long-awaited series return and a brand-new Michael Bay movie blowing up your small screen.

Watch our video

Featured on IMDb

Check out the action from New York Comic Con check out what IMDb editors are watching this month, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com