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Laughter in Paradise (1951)

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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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 {J-26}

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11 November 1951 (USA)  »

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Gelächter im Paradies  »

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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Sims at it's best
24 May 2001 | by (Ipswich, England) – See all my reviews

This has got to be a classic of Ealing comedies.

Alistair Sim is at his best, the scene with the window (Fact-he ad-libbed most of the scene too)is proof that actors like him are few in between.

I saw this when I was a nipper as my father said that he enjoyed it when it first came out and even though I've seen it quiet a few times it's still fresh and amusing. Watch it and anything else with Mr Sims, this is British at it's best.


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