The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
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as Lieutenant Niki
as Princess Anna
as King Adolf XV
as Baroness von Schwede...
as Adjutant von Rockoff
as Count Von Halden
as Master of ceremonies
as Bill collector
as Count von Halden
as Arresting Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Smiling Lieutenant
It's quintessential Lubitsch in the way it suggests sexual dalliance with the brightening or darkening of a gas lamp outside a bedroom.
Lubitsch's glissando rhythm is a thin veneer that never softens the essential cruelty of the story
Lubitsch pokes sly fun at the antics of his European aristocrats, but concurs with the film's conclusion that beauty is skin deep enough.
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.
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
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.
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