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Director:
Writers:
Leopold Jacobson (operetta) and
Felix Dormann (operetta) ...
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Release Date:
1 August 1931 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Lieutenant Niki of the Austrian royal guard has a new girlfriend, Franzi. He's crazy about her and is smiling at her while on duty in the street... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
(8 articles)
User Reviews:
Charming Lubitsch Frolic See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maurice Chevalier ... Lt. Nikolaus 'Niki' von Preyn

Claudette Colbert ... Franzi

Miriam Hopkins ... Princess Anna

Charles Ruggles ... Max (as Charlie Ruggles)
George Barbier ... King Adolf XV
Hugh O'Connell ... Niki's Orderly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maude Allen ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Granville Bates ... Bill Collector (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Count Von Halden (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Ludwig Heinsich ... Man (uncredited)
Cornelius MacSunday ... Emperor Franz Josef (uncredited)
Elizabeth Patterson ... Baroness von Schwedel (uncredited)
Janet Reade ... Lily (uncredited)
Werner Saxtorph ... Joseph (uncredited)
Karl Stall ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Robert Strange ... Col. Rockoff (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Arresting Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
 
Writing credits
Leopold Jacobson (operetta "Ein Walzertraum") and
Felix Dormann (operetta "Ein Walzertraum") (as Felix Dörmann)

Hans Müller (novel "Nux der Prinzgemahl")

Ernest Vajda (screenplay) &
Samson Raphaelson (screenplay)

Jacques Bataille-Henri  dialogue: French version (uncredited)
Ernst Lubitsch  uncredited

Produced by
Ernst Lubitsch .... producer
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey  (as George Folsey)
 
Film Editing by
Merrill G. White (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.A. Tuthill .... sound (uncredited)
Ernest Zatorsky .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Harry Froboess .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Adolph Deutsch .... musical director (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... music arranger (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
89 min (cut version) | 93 min (original version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
UK:U (DVD rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
The operetta by Felix Dormann and Leopold Jacobson opened in Leipzig, Germany, on 31 May 1907. An English version, entitled "A Waltz Dream", with music by Oscar Straus and English book by Joseph W. Herbert, opened in New York City, New York, USA, on 27 January 1908 and ran for 111 performances. It is not known if any of Straus' music from that production was used in this film. The songs, however, had a new lyricist and new titles.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the latter part of the movie Chevalier bounds up a grand staircase painted to appear as marble but the loud clomp-clomp-clomp of his shoes reveals it to be just wood.See more »
Quotes:
Lieutenant Niki:When we like someone, we smile. But when we want to do something about it, we wink.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Waltz Dream (1925)See more »
Soundtrack:
Toujours l'Amour in the ArmySee more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Charming Lubitsch Frolic, 22 June 2003
Author: FERNANDO SILVA from Santiago de Chile.

Once more, thanks to TCM, we get the chance of watching this wonderful, charming, early talkie by the master of sophisticated comedy and innuendo, Ernst Lubitsch.

This is an absolutely entertaining and absorbing tale of a carefree, debonair Viennese Lieutenant, who falls for a violin player, thus finding his perfect sexual counterpart, but because of circumstances, becoming married to a prudish, mousey, princess.

Chevalier is the perfect "Smiling Lieutenant" of the title, singing in great from with his heavy trademark, french-accent. Colbert, in an early stage of her career, looks very different from her definitive trademark "Look", she acquired afterwards.....but is equally carefree, joyous and flirtatious. Miriam Hopkins is excellent as the princess, who falls madly in love with Chevalier, and who will do anything to have him!!

Just as it happened with "Trouble in Paradise", I really hope that this gem, as well as "Design for Living", "Monte Carlo", "The Love Parade", "Love Me Tonight", "One Hour With You", will become available on DVD, in decent form, as they deserve, as primary examples, of the long gone Pre-Code Era!!!

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