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The Smiling Lieutenant

The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Maurice Chevalier plays a 19th century Viennese lieutenant, conducting an affair with sexy violinist Claudette Colbert. While publicly flirting with Colbert, Chevalier is spotted by a dowdy princess (Miriam Hopkins), who thinks that the lieutenant's wink was meant for her. Forced to marry the Princess, Chevalier despairs at her lack of charm. But good-hearted Colbert takes the princess aside, dolls her up, and instructs her how to bewitch--and keep--her man. Chevalier is enchanted by the "new"

Feb 12, 2008

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (1) | DVD (3)

The drought is in the disappointing Oscar Straus score of four numbers.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's quintessential Lubitsch in the way it suggests sexual dalliance with the brightening or darkening of a gas lamp outside a bedroom.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Wit and melody swing through Maurice Chevalier's latest picture.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Lubitsch's glissando rhythm is a thin veneer that never softens the essential cruelty of the story

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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Charming lightweight musical.

February 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Lubitsch pokes sly fun at the antics of his European aristocrats, but concurs with the film's conclusion that beauty is skin deep enough.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The players are so good, the dialogue (by Lubitsch, Ernest Vajda and Samson Raphaelson) so witty, and the direction so skillful that no one minds the logic lapses.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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This is one of Lubitsch's best films, and that's saying a lot.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for The Smiling Lieutenant

I really enjoyed this movie, it was hilarious. Sure, it's got a pretty normal romance going on, but it is one of those comedies with a lot of mistakes that turn out very funny. The cast is great too, I loved Chevalier and Colbert and Hopkins together as the love triangle. If you like them or just enjoy romantic comedies, I recommend this.
September 25, 2012
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i'm not a huge fan of operetta or chevalier but they both won me over here and we can thank herr lubitsch for that. i do have some issues with the film, namely the extreme madonna-whore complex and the ending but the rest is such a delight it's hard to get too upset over. miriam hopkins and claudette colbert are adorable, despite reports they were at each other's throats during filming
February 21, 2012
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Stella Dallas

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I absolutely love Chevalier pictures. They are tremendously silly but they have a riske element to them that is delightful. Colbert and Chevalier have fantastic chemistry.
March 26, 2014
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