Laughing Boy (film)

Laughing Boy is a 1934 pre-Code film directed by W. S. Van Dyke and is based on the 1929 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Oliver La Farge.

Laughing Boy
Ramon Novarro and Lupe Velez in Laughing Boy trailer.jpg
Ramon Novarro and Lupe Velez
Directed byW. S. Van Dyke
Produced byHunt Stromberg
W.S. Van Dyke
Screenplay byJohn Colton
John Lee Mahin
Based onLaughing Boy by Oliver La Farge
StarringRamón Novarro
Lupe Vélez
Music byHerbert Stothart
CinematographyLester White
Edited byBlanche Sewell
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 13, 1934 (1934-04-13)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States


Slim Girl is an Indian maiden raised by whites, who call her "Lily." Many members of the Navajo tribe shun her, believing Slim Girl to be leading an improper life, perhaps even as a prostitute.

A silversmith, Laughing Boy, is seduced by her. After losing a horse race, he challenges rival Red Man to a wrestling match and wins. This impresses Slim Girl, who expresses her desire for him. She returns to her previous intimate relationship, however, with George Hartshone, a rich rancher.

One day, Slim Girl seeks out Laughing Boy, becomes his lover and persuades him to marry her. But when she goes to town to sell his silver goods, Laughing Boy follows and finds her in Hartshone's arms. He aims a bow and arrow at Hartshone, but ends up killing Slim Girl instead.


Actor Role
Ramón Navarro Laughing Boy
Lupe Vélez Slim Girl
William B. Davidson George Hartshorne


The film was a box office disappointment for MGM.[1]


  1. ^ By, D. W. (1934, Nov 25). TAKING A LOOK AT THE RECORD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from

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