The Smiling Lieutenant
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

When the romantically unappealing princess of his homeland takes a shine to him, a loyal Viennese officer obediently marries her, finding her quite lovable once his own charming mistress instructs her in the arts of femininity. This rarely… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 1, 1931
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The drought is in the disappointing Oscar Straus score of four numbers.

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Fernando F. Croce

Lubitsch's glissando rhythm is a thin veneer that never softens the essential cruelty of the story

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TV Guide

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's quintessential Lubitsch in the way it suggests sexual dalliance with the brightening or darkening of a gas lamp outside a bedroom.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Charming lightweight musical.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

This is one of Lubitsch's best films, and that's saying a lot.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

Wit and melody swing through Maurice Chevalier's latest picture.

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Lubitsch pokes sly fun at the antics of his European aristocrats, but concurs with the film's conclusion that beauty is skin deep enough.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
I really enjoyed this movie, it was hilarious. Sure, it's got a pretty normal romance going on, but it is one of those comedies with a lot of mistakes… More
Antonius Block
I'll be honest, Claudette Colbert is very cute and she made this movie for me. The plot has a somewhat dippy Maurice Chevalier marrying a Princess (Miriam… More
Stella Dallas
i'm not a huge fan of operetta or chevalier but they both won me over here and we can thank herr lubitsch for that. i do have some issues with the film,… More
John Ballantine
I absolutely love Chevalier pictures. They are tremendously silly but they have a riske element to them that is delightful. Colbert and Chevalier have fantastic… More