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Laughter in Paradise (1951)

Laughter in Paradise





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Four relatives find themselves going to unusual lengths to inherit a fortune in this British comedy. Henry Russell (Hugh Griffith) was a practical joker all his life, and his sly sense of humor is hardly stilled by his death; when his four closest relatives gather for the reading of the will, they discover that each is to be left $140,000 -- but, as always, there are strings attached. His sister Agnes (Fay Compton) has always treated her hired help with an attitude bordering on contempt, so Henry leaves her the money with the proviso that she must first work as a maid for 28 days. His cousin Deniston (Alastair Sim) writes detective novels for a living, so Henry insists that he get a clearer perspective on how bad guys live -- to collect his inheritance, he must spend four weeks in prison. Herbert (George Cole), a milquetoast clerk at a bank, will only receive his share if he's able to pull off a robbery at his place of employment. And Simon (Guy Middleton), a confirmed ladies' man, must marry the first girl he meets (and stay married to her) if he's to collect his $140,000. Keep an eye peeled for a youthful Audrey Hepburn, who has a bit part as a cigarette girl. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Jack Davies, Michael Pertwee
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Alastair Sim
as Deniston Russell
Fay Compton
as Agnes Russell
Guy Middleton
as Simon Russell
George Cole
as Herbert Russell
Hugh Griffith
as Henry Russell
Beatrice Campbell
as Lucille Grayson
Audrey Hepburn
as Cigarette girl
A.E. Matthews
as Sir Charles Robson
Joyce Grenfell
as Elizabeth Robson
Eleanor Summerfield
as Sheila Wilcott
John Laurie
as Gordon Webb
Veronica Hurst
as Joan Webb
Anthony Steel
as Roger Godfrey
Leslie Dwyer
as Police Sergeant
Ronald Adam
as Mr. Wagstaffe
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It should have been a riot, but the zany Brit comedy is fumbled by the heavy-handed direction.

Full Review… | August 24, 2014
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A quirky and charming British comedy that plays out like four stories woven into one (which pretty much hits the nail on the head). Unfortunately, woven is a bit of an overstatement because the film - despite the potential - does not screwball the stories into each other as much as it could have done. WIth a better scripwriter and finesse, this could have been a classic. This way, it feels like a below-par sitcom with easy laughts and no substance.

Henrik Schunk

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