The Laughter of Fools

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The Laughter of Fools
Directed by Adrian Brunel
Produced by George Smith
Written by H. F. Maltby (play)
Adrian Brunel
Reginald Beck
Starring D. A. Clarke-Smith
Derrick De Marney
Helen Ferrers
Eliot Makeham
Cinematography Eric Cross
Edited by Roy Lockwood
George Smith Productions
Distributed by Fox
Release dates
October 1933
Running time
47 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Laughter of Fools is a 1933 British drama film directed by Adrian Brunel and starring D. A. Clarke-Smith, Derrick De Marney and Helen Ferrers. It was based on a play by H. F. Maltby. The screenplay concerns an ambitious mother who plans to marry her daughter to a sea captain.

The film was a quota quickie made at Nettlefold Studios in Walton by the independent producer George Smith as part of a contract from Fox who needed a supply of films to distribute in order to comply with the terms of the quota.



  • Chibnall, Steve. Quota Quickies: The Birth of the British 'B' film. British Film Institute, 2007.
  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film: Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.

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