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The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

The Smiling Lieutenant




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In this film, 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, who thinks that the lieutenant's wink was meant for her.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Leopold Jacobson, Felix Dormann, Samson Raphaelson, Ernest Vajda, Ernst Lubitsch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 12, 2008
Paramount Pictures


Maurice Chevalier
as Lieutenant Niki
Miriam Hopkins
as Princess Anna
George Barbier
as King Adolf XV
Elizabeth Patterson
as Baroness von Schwede...
Robert Strange
as Adjutant von Rockoff
Harry Bradley
as Count Von Halden
Karl Stall
as Master of ceremonies
Granville Bates
as Bill collector
Harry C. Bradley
as Count von Halden
Charles Wagenheim
as Arresting Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Smiling Lieutenant

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

Wit and melody swing through Maurice Chevalier's latest picture.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It's quintessential Lubitsch in the way it suggests sexual dalliance with the brightening or darkening of a gas lamp outside a bedroom.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Lubitsch's glissando rhythm is a thin veneer that never softens the essential cruelty of the story

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Charming lightweight musical.

Full Review… | February 18, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lubitsch pokes sly fun at the antics of his European aristocrats, but concurs with the film's conclusion that beauty is skin deep enough.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


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

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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