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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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Gaston Monescu
The Major (as Charlie Ruggles)
François Filiba
Adolph J. Giron
Robert Greig ...
Jacques, Mariette's Butler
Leonid Kinskey ...
The Communist
George Humbert ...


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 La Valle. Rumors start to fly as 'M. La Valle' 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 <>

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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


$519,706 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original play, "A Becsuletes Megtalalo" (The Honest Finder), opened in Budapest in December 1931. See more »


(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 »


Lily Vautier: [fuming] I wouldn't fall for another man if he was the biggest crook on earth!
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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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Trouble in Paradise
Music by W. Franke Harling
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Donald Novis over the opening credits
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Delightful & Sophisticated!
1 August 2002 | by (Harlem, NY (USA)) – See all my reviews

First of all, let me say that this film is as close to perfection as one can get---look at the "throw away gags", the play with words, the wardrobe (Miriam Hopkins stole the show; especially in the Opera scene when she comes out of the "Parlour des femmes" & asks her "Sugar Daddy" for some "francs" to give to the ladies room attendant---that black dress was haute couture at its best!), the gait of the actors, the snappy dialogue. They all look so-o sophisticated & worldly.


It took me 5 years to get this film & it was worth every minute! This is MY FAVORITE film!

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