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Trouble In Paradise

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
9.30 /10
Miriam Hopkins , Kay Francis , Herbert Marshall
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Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Written by: Grover Jones, Samson Raphaelson from Laszlo Aladar's play The Honest Finder

Released: 1932
Genre: CRIME
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 86

Two jewel-thieves (Herbert Marshall, Miriam Hopkins) hope to rob a widow (Kay Francis).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Glittering comedy, which despite its sophistication takes good care to peer behind the facade of social niceties, revealing that almost everyone in the piece is a cheat. The relationship between Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins was racy for its day, and the double entendres would have fallen foul of the Hays morality code, which was enforced soon afterwards. The film would be worth seeing for Hans Dreier's art deco settings and Travis Banton's costumes alone; but the screenplay is a brilliantly structured farce with sizzling dialogue, and the actors take full advantage. This was Lubitsch's favourite out of all his films, and although I prefer his more homespun, generous-spirited The Shop Around The Corner (1940), this is faultless of its kind - one of the most sparkling, sophisticated comedies of all time.

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