Trouble in Paradise
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Trouble in Paradise
Ernst Lubitsch used Laszlo Aladar's play The Honest Finder as a springboard for one of his most delightful early-'30s Paramount confections. Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins play Gaston and Lily, a pair of Parisian thieves, both disguised as nobility, who decide to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet (Kay Francis); Gaston gets a job as Mariette's confidential secretary, while Lily installs herself as the woman's typist. Love rears its head, forcing Gaston to choose between marriage to Mariette and a fast getaway with Lily. Filled with marvelous throwaway gags… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Trouble in Paradise is a triumph of direction and decor which could have been accomplished only by that scowling, heavy-jowled Teuton who is Paramount's chief contribution to the civilized cinema, Ernst Lubitsch."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"If ever a film slipped down a treat, this one does."
‑ , Time Out
"The distillate of Lubitsch's cinema of insinuation and evanescence"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The lighthearted Depression-era comedy clearly has the famed Lubitsch touch."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"It's possible to prefer other Ernst Lubitsch films for their more serene stylings and more plangent emotions, but this 1932 production is probably the most perfectly representative of his works."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's a movie that feels both of its time and ahead of all the times that have followed."
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"Not a false note in the whole piece. The performances, visuals and screenplay are all exsquisite."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"What sticks with you long after the movie is over is the terrific, European cosmopolitan humour, and unrelenting sexiness of it all"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"'The satire is sharp, the comedy is witty and urbane, and the characters are so full of life it feels as if they might just walk off the screen.'"
‑ Derek Smith, Apollo Guide
"Despite the Lubitsch artistry, much of which is technically apparent, it's not good cinema in toto."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This comedy of jewel thieves is itself the prize sparkler of Lubitsch's enterprising career."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Lubitsch at the height of his powers as a director of deft, inconsequential and sophisticated comedy."
‑ , Film4
"This is, without a single word of hyperbole, one of the most taut scripts and perfectly-executed pieces of comic direction in the history of film."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Trouble in Paradise is full of perfectly executed scenes."
‑ Michael S. Smith, PopMatters
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