Trouble in Paradise Overview:

Trouble in Paradise (1932) was a Comedy - Crime Film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and produced by Ernst Lubitsch.


This continental confection from Lubitsch features a sharp script full of tangy double entendres and a strong cast. Marshall and Hopkins, a pair of sophisticated thieves (and former lovers), travel from Venice to Paris, where they compete with each other as they insinuate themselves into the life of a wealthy owner of a perfume boutique (Francis) as secretary and maid. The urbane Marshall finds himself romantically inclined, putting the big heist in jeopardy, but Francis's beau Horton thinks he smells a rat. A sumptuously Deco-designed, pre-Code bedroom farce without equal since.

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Trouble in Paradise was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.

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The Style Essentials - Kay Francis Battles in Bias Cut in 1932's TROUBLE IN PARADISE

on Jul 22, 2019 From GlamAmor

Last Saturday was the second in my STYLE OF SIN series at the American Cinematheque, and it was focused on the Queen of Pre-Code herself - Kay Francis. I spoke all about the Production Code, Kay's life and career, and then the backstories of our double feature Girls About Town (1931) and Jewel Robbe... Read full article

COMEDY GOLD #10: ‘Tonsils!’ from Trouble in Paradise (1932)

By Carol Martinheira on Dec 7, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

COMEDY GOLD #10: ‘Tonsils!’ from Trouble in Paradise (1932) On December 7, 2018December 7, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized Last year, I wrote a little piece about Edward Everett Horton’s inescapable and always welcome presence in 1930s and 40s comedy fi... Read full article

Review: Trouble in Paradise (1932)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 18, 2018 From 4 Star Films

Ernst Lubitsch made a name for himself and his “touch” in silents as well as leaving an indelible mark on the 1940s with the likes of Shop Around The Corner (1940), To Be or Not to Be (1942), Heaven Can Wait (1943), and Cluny Brown (1946). But for me, no film better personifies his wit a... Read full article

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

By Carol Martinheira on Jan 4, 2017 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Trouble in Paradise (1932) On January 4, 2017January 4, 2017 By CarolIn Uncategorized If you?re as obsessed with Billy Wilder as I am, you?ll know that he had a sign on his wall that read ?How would Lubitsch do it??. If you watch Trouble in Paradise (1932), you?ll unde... Read full article


By Theresa Brown on Jul 6, 2016 From CineMaven's Essays from the Couch

For my ?HOT & BOTHERED? blogathon contribution, Ernst Lubitsch is the way to go. Why, this cheeky devil was able to slip all sorts of sexy mischief into Pre-Code films like ?Design for Living? ( 1933 ) ?The Smiling Lieutenant? ( 1931 ) or ?The Merry Widow? ( 1934 ). He does so again. Jewel thie... Read full article

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Quotes from

François Filiba: Tonsils! Positively tonsils!

Lily Vautier: Don't you remember the day you took that Chinese vase from the Royal Palace? And you made it into a lamp for my night table.
Gaston Monescu: I remember the lamp, I remember the night table... . and I remember the night.

Lily Vautier: You know, when I first saw you, I thought you were an American.
Gaston Monescu: Thank you.
Lily Vautier: Someone from another world, so entirely different. Oh, one gets so tired of one's own class - princes and counts and dukes and kings! Everybody talking shop. Always trying to sell you jewelry. Then I heard your name and found out you were just one of us.
Gaston Monescu: Disappointed?
Lily Vautier: No, proud. Very proud.

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Facts about

The original play, "A Becsuletes Megtalalo" (The Honest Finder), opened in Budapest in December 1931.
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991.
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