Laugh It Off (1940 film)

Laugh It Off is a 1940 British musical comedy film directed by John Baxter and Wallace Orton, and starring Tommy Trinder, Jean Colin, Anthony Hulme and Marjorie Browne.[1] It was filmed at Walton Studios starting in November 1939, just after the outbreak of war.[2]

Laugh It Off
Directed byJohn Baxter
Produced byJohn Corfield
Written byBridget Boland
Austin Melford (dialogue)
Story byBridget Boland
StarringTommy Trinder
Jean Colin
Music byMarr Mackie
Ronnie Munro
Kennedy Russell
CinematographyJames Wilson
Edited byMichael C. Chorlton
Distributed byAnglo-American Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
9 March 1940 (UK)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


At the start of World War II, Concert party entertainer Tommy Towers is drafted into service. He immediately gets on the wrong side of commanding officer Sergeant Major Slaughter, but after saving the camp show with his show business expertise Tommy is granted a commission.


Critical reception

TV Guide called it "a fairly entertaining effort".[3]


  1. "Laugh It Off (1940)". BFI.
  2. Wood p.100
  3. "Laugh It Off".


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
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