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Paradise for Three (1938)

A wealthy business man, out of touch with real folks, decides to mingle and see what it is really all about.

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writers:

Erich Kästner (from a book by), George Oppenheimer (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... Fritz Hagedorn
Frank Morgan ... Rudolph Tobler
Mary Astor ... Mrs. Irene Mallebre
Florence Rice ... Hilde Tobler
Edna May Oliver ... Mrs. Kunkel
Reginald Owen ... Johann Kesselhut
Herman Bing ... Mr. Polter
Henry Hull ... Sepp
Sig Ruman ... Mr. Bold (as Sig Rumann)
Walter Kingsford ... William Reichenbach
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Storyline

A wealthy business man, out of touch with real folks, decides to mingle and see what it is really all about.

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Genres:

Romance | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Hotel das Surpresas See more »

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Budget:

$359,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Romance for Three" in the opening title cards. See more »

Goofs

Tobler goes to light Kessellhut's cigar twice between shots. See more »

Connections

Version of Drei Männer im Schnee (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Jazzy version played at the hotel costume party
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Light as the air
13 March 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Of all the innumerable B movies churned out by MGM to fill the lower half of a double bill it was inevitable that every once in a while one would jell into an mini classic. Paradise for Three is one of those happy accidents.

The story of hidden identities and crossed signals played for laughs certainly wasn't new even in 1938 but director Buzzell moves things along at breakneck speed and is fortunate to have the cast filled out with some of the best character actors working at that time.

The nominal leads are Robert Young and Florence Rice and while Young is his usual polished, amusing self and Rice is pretty and game they aren't really the engine that makes the movie run. That falls to the main trio of supporting players, Mary Astor, Edna May Oliver and especially the delightfully wacky Frank Morgan.

Astor is all sly cunning as a gold digger with an amazing wardrobe and Edna May grumbles and fusses as only she can enduring hilarious indignities along the way. But it is Morgan and his dithery befuddlement and kindly manner who steals the picture. The blending together of all their terrific work manages to take the ordinary material and add an extra punch to it that makes it laugh out loud funny in several spots and an undiscovered gem.


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