The Smiling Lieutenant
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Maurice Chevalier plays a 19th century Viennese lieutenant, conducting an affair with sexy violinist Claudette Colbert. While publicly flirting with Colbert, Chevalier is spotted by a dowdy princess (Miriam Hopkins), who thinks that the lieutenant's wink was meant for her. Forced to marry the Princess, Chevalier despairs at her lack of charm. But good-hearted Colbert takes the princess aside, dolls her up, and instructs her how to bewitch--and keep--her man. Chevalier is enchanted by the "new" princess, while Colbert, who will have no trouble finding someone else to keep her warm… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The drought is in the disappointing Oscar Straus score of four numbers."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Lubitsch's glissando rhythm is a thin veneer that never softens the essential cruelty of the story"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The players are so good, the dialogue (by Lubitsch, Ernest Vajda and Samson Raphaelson) so witty, and the direction so skillful that no one minds the logic lapses."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's quintessential Lubitsch in the way it suggests sexual dalliance with the brightening or darkening of a gas lamp outside a bedroom."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Charming lightweight musical."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is one of Lubitsch's best films, and that's saying a lot."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Wit and melody swing through Maurice Chevalier's latest picture."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"Lubitsch pokes sly fun at the antics of his European aristocrats, but concurs with the film's conclusion that beauty is skin deep enough."
‑ , Film4
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