Laugh It Off (1940 film)

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Laugh It Off
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Directed by John Baxter
Written by
Story byBridget Boland
Produced by John Corfield
Cinematography James Wilson
Edited by Michael C. Chorlton
Music by
Distributed byAnglo-American Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
9 March 1940 (UK)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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]



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]

Contains the mortal line: “Well if I were you, I wouldn’t start from here!” when a private is giving directions to a General in a car trying to find the HQ.

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  1. "Laugh It Off (1940)". BFI. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009.
  2. Wood p.100
  3. "Laugh It Off".