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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

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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>

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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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Budget:

$519,706 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The most widely known of director Ernst Lubitsch's films. The "Lubitsch touch" as his style was called, emphasized subtlety and elegance, expressive of good taste, and being economical about what does and doesn't need to be shown, relying on the audience to tell the difference 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

François Filiba: You know, if I like a man I remember him... and if I don't like him I never forget him.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Trouble in Paradise
Music by W. Franke Harling
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Donald Novis over the opening credits
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The epitome of romantic and sophisticated Thirties comedy.

Pay no attention to "littlesiddie" - the one naysayer in this group. All the others are raves and rightly so. This is the most elegant and sophisticated romantic comedy ever committed to celluloid. The pacing is perfect, the performances enchanting, the plot priceless, and shame on the Academy for ignoring it. An absolute must-see!

Edward Everett Horton and Charles Ruggles as comic rival suitors for the hand of Kay Francis are so adept one might have thought they had been playing together in stand up vaudeville for decades. Francis is wry, experienced, and in it for the romance, not the entanglement, as is Herbert Marshall- they are a match. Miriam Hopkins is the perfect foil for them both.

The famous Lubitsch touch is never more evident. A masterpiece.


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