Trouble in Paradise (1932)

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Ernst Lubitsch used Laszlo Aladar's play The Honest Finder as a springboard for one of his most delightful early-'30s Paramount confections. Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins play Gaston and Lily, a pair of Parisian thieves, both disguised as nobility, who decide to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet (Kay Francis); Gaston gets a job as Mariette's confidential secretary, while Lily installs herself as the woman's typist. Love rears its head, forcing Gaston to choose between marriage to Mariette and a fast getaway with Lily. Filled with marvelous throwaway gags and sophisticated innuendo, Trouble in Paradise was described by one critic as "as close to perfection as anything I have ever seen in the movies." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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In Theaters:
 limited
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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

Cast

Miriam Hopkins
as Lily Vautier
Herbert Marshall
as Gaston Monescu
Kay Francis
as Mariette Colet
Charlie Ruggles
as The Major
Edward Everett Horton
as Francois Filiba
C. Aubrey Smith
as Adolph J. Giron
Robert Greig
as Jacques
Rolfe Sedan
as Purse Salesman
Luis Alberni
as Annoyed Opera Fan
Leonid Kinskey
as Radical
Hooper Atchley
as Insurance Agent
Nella Walker
as Mme. Bouchet
Perry Ivins
as Radio commentator
Tyler Brooke
as Singer
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Critic Reviews for Trouble in Paradise

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

Trouble in Paradise is a triumph of direction and decor which could have been accomplished only by that scowling, heavy-jowled Teuton who is Paramount's chief contribution to the civilized cinema, Ernst Lubitsch.

Full Review… | February 4, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It's possible to prefer other Ernst Lubitsch films for their more serene stylings and more plangent emotions, but this 1932 production is probably the most perfectly representative of his works.

Full Review… | February 4, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Despite the Lubitsch artistry, much of which is technically apparent, it's not good cinema in toto.

Full Review… | October 5, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

If ever a film slipped down a treat, this one does.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a movie that feels both of its time and ahead of all the times that have followed.

Full Review… | November 5, 2003
Salon.com
Top Critic

This comedy of jewel thieves is itself the prize sparkler of Lubitsch's enterprising career.

June 10, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Trouble in Paradise

½

I loved this movie, it was hilarious.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Okay, okay, I was wrong. Frank Capra's It Happened One Night apparently was NOT the first romcom ever ... it appears as if this one, a glittering gem cut in the early 30's by nigh forgotten German wunderkind Ernst Lubitsch, has the honor of begetting a veritable host, a steaming, teeming slew of imitators that extend to even this very week in cinema houses everywhere (beat THAT for florid prose!) But why? Sophistication, wit, and sex wrapped in ... sophistication, wit and sex!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

A lovely, simple and clever movie. It was clever because the outcome is never what you expect. Gaston (Herbert Marchall) is a master in diverging a subject and manipulating a conversation. A movie that holds your interest from beginning to end. Although I'm not a fan of this theatrical way of acting, here I didn't mind it at all.

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

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