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Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 30 October 1932 (USA)
A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Samson Raphaelson (screenplay), Grover Jones (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miriam Hopkins ... Lily
Kay Francis ... Madame Mariette Colet
Herbert Marshall ... Gaston Monescu
Charles Ruggles ... The Major (as Charlie Ruggles)
Edward Everett Horton ... François Filiba
C. Aubrey Smith ... Adolph J. Giron
Robert Greig ... Jacques, Mariette's Butler
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Storyline

High class European thief Gaston Monescu meets his soul mate Lily, a pickpocket masquerading as a countess. The two join forces and come under the employ of Mme. Colet, the beautiful owner of the Colet perfume company. Gaston works as Mme. Colet's personal secretary under the alias Monsieur La Valle. Rumors start to fly as 'M. La Valle' steals Mme. Colet away from her other suitors. When the secret of his true identity catches up to him, Gaston is caught between the two beautiful women. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

In an interview near the end of his life in 1947, director Ernst Lubitsch thought that this film was his best work. See more »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) A very clear shadow of a boom mic moves against the wall/screen behind Lily, anticipating her next action (rising and moving toward Gaston). See more »

Quotes

Gaston Monescu: I know all your tricks.
Mariette Colet: And you're going to fall for them.
Gaston Monescu: So you think you can get me?
Mariette Colet: Any minute I want.
Gaston Monescu: You're conceited.
Mariette Colet: But attractive.
Gaston Monescu: Now let me say...
Mariette Colet: Shut up. Kiss me.
[kiss]
Mariette Colet: Wasting all this marvelous time with arguments.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits the words 'Trouble in' appear and then a bed before the word 'paradise,' subliminally indicating that sex is at least part of the film's plot. It was done so subtly for the time that censors didn't notice it until the film's attempted re-release in 1935. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Comedy Movies: 1930s (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Trouble in Paradise
Music by W. Franke Harling
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Donald Novis over the opening credits
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Under-appreciated masterpiece!
7 July 2007 | by krdementSee all my reviews

Although this film is greatly valued by critics, film historians and its many fans, it still does not receive the respect it is due. Turner Classic Movies broadcasts Casablanca, Now Voyager, Citizen Kane, Philadelphia Story, Adam's Rib, African Queen and Bringing Up Baby 10 times for every time this film is shown. It is an injustice that this film is shown so rarely. (I would recommend to TCM that they show their "classics" less frequently and a number of less well-known films such as this more often.)

Trouble in Paradise is a comedy counterpart to a melodrama; it is a romantic melo-comedy. It is unlike any other Lubitsch film with which I am familiar. In fact, it is difficult for me to think of any film with which to compare this masterpiece. The cast is outstanding, each delivering dialog in mock melodramatic style. The soundtrack, the editing, and especially the sublime writing all combine to produce a unique, satirical melodrama parody. Perhaps this film was the model for many later films that hoped to attain the same comic irony, but seem humorless to me. The key seems to be that the actors do not take themselves seriously, but they portray characters who do.

Everything about this film is fabulous. I cannot fathom how anybody could suggest this film is outdated in any manner because it captures the ambiance of an era so perfectly. The era is past, but not this film! Do period films made today seem outdated to them? I do not need to heap redundant praise on a film that other commentators have described so well. So that you know where I'm coming from - I admit to being a HUGE Lubitsch fan. The Shop Around the Corner and Ninotchka are also among my very favorite films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

30 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Golden Widow See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$519,706 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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