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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Did You Know?


Eleanor Summerfield, who plays 'Sheila Wilcott', plays 'Elizabeth Robson' in the remake Some Will, Some Won't (1970). 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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The beauty of the film is in the triumph of the Will
15 June 2014 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I first saw this as a youngster and liked it, but over the years it's really grown on me until now I regard it as a minor classic. The main characters were all played excellently, with many lesser characters also played memorably.

Practical joker Hugh Griffiths dies and leaves GBP 50,000 to each of his four living relatives if they complete various silly but onerous tasks within one month of his death. Pulp writer Alistair Sim, snobby Fay Compton, womaniser Guy Middleton and timid George Cole are all faced with problems that are against their natures, and their attempts to succeed ultimately result in a worthy moral and laughter on Earth. Cole's "juvenile" sections used to irritate me when younger but there's plenty else to savour, especially the incomparable Sim as a determined shoplifter, Compton as a harassed skivvy and Middleton as a hornswoggled suitor. As icing on the cake there's also fluffy Joyce Grenfell, scathing John Laurie, suave Anthony Steel, jolly Ernest Thesiger, and many other old friends – even the forever bald Noel Howlett and a young Audrey Hepburn. The direction and production values were top notch too; the sets were so beautifully wooden, the acting certainly was not.

It's flimsy yet logical, life-affirming and recommended – stay with it to the end to have the last laugh.

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