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Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Passed  -  Comedy | Crime | Romance  -  21 October 1932 (USA)
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A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lily
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Herbert Marshall ...
Gaston Monescu
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The Major (as Charlie Ruggles)
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François Filiba
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Adolph J. Giron
Robert Greig ...
Jacques, Mariette's Butler
Leonid Kinskey ...
The Communist
George Humbert ...
Waiter
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Storyline

High class European thief Gaston Monescu meets his soul mate Lily, a pickpocket masquerading as a countess. The two join forces and come under the employ of Mme. Colet, the beautiful owner of the Colet perfume company. Gaston works as Mme. Colet's personal secretary under the alias Monsieur Laval. Rumors start to fly as 'M. Laval' steals Mme. Colet away from her other suitors. When the secret of his true identity catches up to him, Gaston is caught between the two beautiful women. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

thief | perfume | pickpocket | jealousy | love | See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Release Date:

21 October 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Golden Widow  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$519,706 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991. See more »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) A very clearshadow of a boom mic moves against the wall/screen behind Lily, anticipating her next action (rising and moving toward Gaston). See more »

Quotes

Lily Vautier: Don't you remember the day you took that Chinese vase from the Royal Palace? And you made it into a lamp for my night table.
Gaston Monescu: I remember the lamp, I remember the night table... . and I remember the night.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits the words 'Trouble in' appear and then a bed before the word 'paradise,' subliminally indicating that sex is at least part of the film's plot. It was done so subtly for the time that censors didn't notice it until the film's attempted re-release in 1935. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Colet and Company
Music by W. Franke Harling
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Tyler Brooke on radio
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sparkling diamond of a film
14 March 2007 | by (Tinseltown, USA) – See all my reviews

Please read the other reviews for the full measure of this treasure - I will just string together my observations:

Amazingly deft display of international sophistication for such an early film - who knew? Pre-code comedy of adult realities, without a hint of exploitive sensationalism.

Herbert Marshall as a romantic lead, every bit as good as, say, Cary Grant or Ronald Coleman - at absolute top of form, like everyone in the cast. Again, who knew? Miriam Hopkins, just stunning. Pure chemistry with Marshall.

Kay Francis, new to me, but gorgeous and utterly believable.

And all the supporting players - C. Aubrey Smith, Edward Everett Horton, Charlie Ruggles, even Robert Grieg, the butler (as also in The Lady Eve, a film of similar polish) - each familiar from many other films, but scarcely if ever seen in better form.

I truly do not understand why this film is not better known to me and everyone. I had to see it in a film class, and was frankly expecting much worse considering it was made scarcely three or four years into the "talkie" era. This is a polished many faceted gem, criminally under-circulated. It makes you wonder what Hollywood might have accomplished without an over-restrictive Production Code.

I see DVD became available only in 2003? This is a MUST SEE!


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