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The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) Poster

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Long considered lost until a print was discovered in Denmark in the 1990s.
A French version with dialogue and lyrics by Henri Bataille was shown in New York on 15 October 1931 and was also a big hit in Paris. It had the same three leading actors, and was filmed at the same time as the English language version, as dubbing had not yet been invented.
Advanced ticketing for the film at its New York engagement sold out immediately.
Paramount's biggest grossing film of 1931.
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.
The delightful rhythmic underscoring of the film which comments ironically on the mood of the characters may be the first work of the great orchestrator, Conrad Salinger, whose magnificent symphonic arrangements set the style of the MGM musicals of the 1940s and 50s. Salinger was a pupil of Delius.
The first of three films that Ernst Lubitsch made with Miriam Hopkins, the others being Trouble in Paradise (1932) and Design for Living (1933).

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