Trouble in Paradise (1932)

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Trouble in Paradise is a 1932 pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch from a screenplay written by Samson Raphaelson, based very loosely on the 1931 play The Honest Finder (A Becsületes Megtaláló) by Hungarian playwright Aladár László. The film stars Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis and Herbert Marshall, and features Charles Ruggles, Edward Everett Horton and C. Aubrey Smith. In 1991, Trouble in Paradise was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In Venice, Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall), a master thief masquerading as a baron, meets Lily (Miriam Hopkins), a beautiful thief and pickpocket also pretending to be of the nobility, and the two fall in love and decide to team up. They leave Venice for Paris, and go to work for the famous perfume manufacturer Madame Mariette Colet (Kay Francis), with the intention of stealing a great sum of money from her safe, which Monescu, as her secretary, arranges to be diverted there. In the course of things, Colet begins to flirt with Monescu, and he begins to have feelings for her.

Review

Cute and quaint, perfectly befitting Trouble in Paradise‘s 1932 origins. Ernst Lubitsch directs this little number about a conman and con-woman who together decide to swindle a wealthy woman out of her birthright. Man falls for the lady, though… will he be able to go through with it all? Well, that wouldn’t be very warmhearted, would it? Seventy years later, the movie suffers from a massive number of jokes that no longer work. A couple of visual gags are still on target and the acting is swell, but on the whole the story is too simple, too flat, and too uninteresting to stand the test of time.

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