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Laughter in Paradise (1951)

 -  Comedy  -  11 November 1951 (USA)
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When a millionaire practical joker dies, he divides his fortune among four heirs who must carry out his zany instructions to cash in.

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Roger Godfrey
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Famed practical joker Henry Russell leaves 50,000 pounds to each of his four surviving relatives. But his will has one last joke - they each have to undertake a task completely out of character within a month. As each sets out on their objective they find that quite apart from the promised riches, they are unexpectedly getting a lot out of the challenge. All except caddish Simon Russell, that is. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Gelächter im Paradies  »

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Production documents list Harry Welchman as playing Mr De Vere Smith and Danny Green as being cast as Frisby, but these actors or characters are nowhere to been seen in the final print. See more »

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When Deniston Russell visits the police station for the second time, he addresses the officer on duty as Inspector. However, the man has three arrow-shaped stripes on his shoulder, which clearly marks him as a Sergeant. Even if he didn't know the difference, one would expect the police officer to correct him. See more »

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Simon Russell: [Looking at the photo of Elizabeth in Deniston's wallet as they share a drink at the bar] What on earth's that?
Deniston Russell: That - is Elizabeth.
Simon Russell: You're dead right, old boy, not my cup of tea at all.
Deniston Russell: I should hope not. Look I must telephone her now.
Simon Russell: The box is over there.
Deniston Russell: Thank you. With all this on my mind I just cannot face her tonight.
Simon Russell: Couldn't face her any night.
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a satisfying experience
22 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Any film with Alastair Sim is worth watching, but this must rank as one of his best. Here he really displays his comic genius; his scenes can rightly be described as a masterclass in the art of comedy. Not before time, this has now become available on DVD, although, as yet, only part of a box set. Since Alastair Sim appears in the other films offered, this is not a great drawback. The other main characters in the film are also very good, particularly Fay Compton, and the supporting roles are filled well, with the always reliable Joyce Grenfell giving great satisfaction. The plot, too, is a cut above the usual, and it all adds up to a very satisfying experience, and one which I have watched many times, and hopefully will watch many more times.


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