The Laughter of Fools

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 Laughter of Fools
Directed byAdrian Brunel
Produced byGeorge Smith
Written byH. F. Maltby (play)
Adrian Brunel
Reginald Beck
StarringD. A. Clarke-Smith
Derrick De Marney
Helen Ferrers
Eliot Makeham
CinematographyEric Cross
Edited byRoy Lockwood
George Smith Productions
Distributed byFox
Release date
October 1933
Running time
47 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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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