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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fay Compton ...
Guy Middleton ...
George Cole ...
Beatrice Campbell ...
Mackenzie Ward ...
A.E. Matthews ...
Sir Charles Robson (as A. E. Matthews)
Joyce Grenfell ...
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Gordon Webb
Veronica Hurst ...
Joan Webb
Anthony Steel ...
Roger Godfrey
Charlotte Mitchell ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

11 November 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gelächter im Paradies  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Arthur Howard was first booked to play The Jeweller's assistant but William Murray replaced him, and Howard was cast as a man on the train instead. See more »


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 »


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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Remade as Some Will, Some Won't (1970) See more »

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British Comedy at its best
25 June 2003 | by (Almere The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is a most excellent example of the comic talents of Alistair Sim. His bungling attempts to get himself arrested had me in stitches. Particularly trying to get the store detective, or indeed anyone, to notice he was trying his hand at shoplifting. And of course finding a crime that would only get him the 30 days in jail as stipulated in the will.

As someone else has mentioned he did have all the best lines, but the remainder of the cast did a great job, the mild mannered clerk who had to rob the bank where he worked, the overbearing snob who had to be a maid, the womaniser who had to marry the first woman he spoke to, all made for the usual mix of farce and comedy.

It was also notable for an early appearance of Audrey Hepburn as the cigarette girl.

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