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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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Beatrice Campbell ...
Mackenzie Ward ...
A.E. Matthews ...
Sir Charles Robson (as A. E. Matthews)
Joyce Grenfell ...
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Gordon Webb
Veronica Hurst ...
Joan Webb
Anthony Steel ...
Roger Godfrey
Charlotte Mitchell ...
Ethel
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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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11 November 1951 (USA)  »

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Gelächter im Paradies  »

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Audrey Hepburn was originally offered one of the major female roles in this film, but was committed to a stage play and had to turn it down. She ended up with a bit role playing a sexy cigarette girl instead. See more »

Goofs

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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One of the Great Sim's great roles--and a fine film to boot
20 April 2014 | by (New Mexico) – See all my reviews

This classic of comedy and drama stars Alastair Sim, the peerless character comedian, and Fay Compton, a versatile stage actor of considerable range. The Laughter coming from Paradise emanates from a recently deceased eccentric (madcap Hugh Griffith) who follows the efforts of his four competitive heirs, for all of whom he has set different but embarrassing tasks to perform to qualify for an inheritance. Alastair Sim and Fay Compton have the choicer roles. Alastair Sim's ludicrous dilemma leads into a bravura comic performance. His bewildered and peeved fiancée is played by the exceptional Joyce Grenfell. Fay Compton's unsympathetic character becomes an occasion for exquisite acting in this film. Young George Cole, one of Mr & Mrs Sim's real-life protégés, handled comedy nearly as deftly as the master, and Cole is still appearing in films 75 years after his celluloid debut. Cole's role as a sincere but insecure lad is the polar opposite of sly and suave Guy Middleton, the fourth of a quartet of prospective heirs. Kudos to supporting players Ernest Thesiger and Eleanor Summerfield. Audrey Hepburn made her English-language movie debut in this film as a cigarette girl in a supper club, and Anthony Steel, on the brink of becoming a star hunk, had a larger and romantic role. Laugher in Paradise defies genre. It offers character studies, by turn hilarious and poignant. An unqualified 10 from this fan


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