Rent Trouble in Paradise (1932)

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1h 23min
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When career thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets glamorous pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins), their love soon takes on a professional dimension as they initiate a plot to rob beautiful perfume magnate Mariette Colet (Kay Francis). But as Gaston gets ever closer to his intended prey, his romantic confusion, as well as the threat that his past will catch up with him, throws their plan into jeopardy.
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Ernst Lubitsch
Aladar Laszlo, Samson Raphaelson, Grover Jones
Classics, Comedy, Romance
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Run Time:
83 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
B & W
  • New and Exclusive 40-minute video conversation between critics and filmmakers Kent Jones and Dan Sallitt discussing the film and Lubitsch's oeuvre

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Lubitsch Classic. - Trouble in Paradise review by Steve

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Updated 20/11/2021

The Baron (Herbert Marshall) and the Countess (Miriam Hopkins), have arranged a romantic supper in his swanky hotel in Venice. But soon they rumble each other as fellow con artists. After they have returned the trinkets they have lifted from each others, they move onto Paris as a team and steal a diamond covered handbag from a rich perfumer (Kay Francis).

Marshall finagles a job as the tycoon's secretary and develops romantic feelings for her while embezzling a fortune from the company. But Hopkins wants him for herself. It's a love triangle, except two of the lovers are kleptomaniacs trying to gyp the third and each other.

Marshall is very much at home in Lubitsch's Paris.  But it's Hopkins film in a performance that goes a long way to establishing a female archetype of the screwball comedy with her mix of the ditzy, impulsive and volatile.  

The dialogue is charming and witty and the farce is adorable.   But it's a comedy of manners which also refers to Trotsky and the wages of the poor. Unexpected and imaginative at every twist it is the last word on the sophisticated comedy which was Lubitsch's milieu: set in the romantic destinations of Europe, a place of irony, charade and repartee. And scandal. 

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