Found in: Slapstick 2024
Exit Smiling

Exit Smiling

Slapstick Festival 2024


Please note: This was screened in Feb 2024

Sam Taylor
77 mins, 1926

Beatrice Lillie was already a stage superstar and billed as ‘the funniest woman in the world’ when she made her Hollywood debut in this film.

In Exit Smiling, she plays a maid working for a travelling theatre company who dreams of becoming a leading lady. But there’s a snag. Unlike Lillie, she can’t act!

Various reviewers describe Lillie as ‘wonderful, hilarious, mesmerising”. Watch out too for Franklin Pangborn in a laugh-out-loud role which earned this film a place in TCM’s Gay Images in Hollywood series.

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