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Trouble in Paradise [1932]

Miriam Hopkins , Kay Francis , Ernst Lubitsch    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall, Charles Ruggles, Edward Everett Horton
  • Directors: Ernst Lubitsch
  • Format: NTSC, Black & White, Full Screen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EN6RDQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,214 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is sheer Paradise 28 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
The most perfect, exquisite, sublime comedy ever made, this film tells the story of two thieves (Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins) who insinuate themselves into the household of wealthy glamorous widow Kay Francis, with the intention of robbing her. However, complications ensue when the suave Marshall falls for lovely Francis, and she for him, much to the fury of Hopkins, not to mention Francis's two disgrunteled suitors, wonderful Edward Everard Horton and equally wonderful Charles Ruggles.Everything about this film is perfect,and the entire cast, from the fiery Hopkins ("I wouldn't fall for another man if he was the biggest crook on earth!")to Robert Greig as the bemused butler muttering over the incomprehensible antics of his employer, are quite wonderful. This film is so marvellous it could easily have been made in Paradise.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie... and a miracle 29 Aug 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Everything's been said about Lubistch and his special touch. "Trouble in Paradise" was filmed in 1932 and it's perfectly fresh and beautiful today. Sophisticated comedy at its best. It's hard to believe that such a classic is only available in Korea. The print is quite good. Language : English, with Korean and English subtitles.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heavenly film 12 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
I first saw this delightful film about foty years ago, and it is still as entrancing after all these years.

Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins are two thieves who insinuate themselves into the household of wealthy, glamorous widow Kay Francis, with the intention of robbing her. However, complications arise when Marshall and Francis appear to develop an attraction for each other. Also, one of Francis's suitors, (Edward Everett Horton) turns out to be a former victim of Marshall's, and he is in danger of being recognised. But he is loath to leave the house before they have succeeded in robbing Francis - but is it only her money he is after?

This film is a joy, it sparkles with wit and subtle sexual innuendo (something no ham-fisted modern director could ever manage). All the cast give wonderful comic performances, it is sheer delight from beginning to end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lubitsch Touch! 7 Dec 2012
By Bill
Format:DVD
A simply marvelous combination of wit, humour, sexiness, and so much more.
One of the very best of the "screwball" comedies ever made.
Highly, highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Palacinka to Treasure Again and Again 11 Feb 2013
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Trouble in Paradise," (1932), a romance/screwball comedy/crime picture, is one of the greatest pre-World War II, pre- repressive Hays code Hollywood classics. It's a brisk, farcical, sophisticated 83 minute black and white Paramount confection. It's funny, subtle, silly, sexy, with attitude galore, a starry cast, and world-famous talent behind the camera, too. The underlying play, "A Becsuletes Megtalalo" (The Honest Finder), was written by Aladar Laszlo; it opened in Budapest, Hungary, in December 1931. The uber-witty screen play was by the respected Samson Raphaelson; the refugee Ernst Lubitsch,(Design For Living), master of the lighter than air, produced and directed: it is the most widely known of his films. The "Lubitsch touch" as his style was called, emphasized subtlety and elegance, expressive of good taste; it was economical about what to show, relying on the audience to fill in the gaps. Many greatly admired movie reviewers - who actually get paid for their work -- consider this a near-perfect film, and who am I to disagree?

It is largely set in a gorgeous art nouveau Paris, though it opens in Venice. Gaston Monescu, a high-class gentleman thief, has met his soul mate Lily, a lovely femme pickpocket, masquerading as a countess, in Venice. They decide to join forces to con Madame Mariette Colet, a beautiful widowed Parisienne perfume company owner. Gaston takes a job as Mme. Colet's personal secretary under the alias Monsieur Laval. Rumors start to fly as 'M. Laval' steals Mme. Colet away from her more suitable suitors. And when the secret of his actual identity catches up to him, Gaston is caught between the two beautiful women: to stay, to flee...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Prosperity is just around the corner" 20 Feb 2007
Format:DVD
Beautifully "sophisticated comedy" is 75 years old and puts virtually all that have gone since in the shade.Two jewel thieves(Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall)travel the world robbing the rich and having a high old time of it until Marshall starts to fall for their newest victim(Kay Francis)Sparkling dialogue and effortless timing make this a shining example of the famed "Lubitsch" touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitler looming behind L'Oreal's Ms B. 5 Dec 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This 1932 film, the first talking film by Lubitsch is a dear moment of pleasure. It is a comedy but the comedy is a lot more subtle than anyone may think.

It is about a crook who meets a thief and they fall in love but then they plan schemes that are so big it is amazing how easy they seem to be. They plan an operation that would capture a fair amount of cash, and some jewels, from the heiress and boss of the first cosmetic (in those days it was mainly perfume) business in Paris and probably the world. It sounds like L'Oreal so much that the only difference between the young widow who is heading the business and Ms Bettencourt who has finally been court-ordered out of freely managing and using her money is their age.

Yet that did not prevent the gay photographer who had been her late husband's lover to take her over and manipulate her like a piece a play dough. Never too old to be submitted to that game.

The second difference is that the crooks are a couple and the danger for them is that the man may fall for the heiress, really fall I mean, and that solution is caressed for a short while but the dramatic suspense it creates is short lived in the end.

The third interest is that the film clearly shows how the main board member of the business is using his position to enrich himself with discrete transfers from the business accounts to his own knowing that the heiress or boss or widow will never understand the procedure but the new secretary who is the crook and thief who infiltrated the business to get to the lady's safe knows about it at once and can reveal it. It takes a crook to know another.

But then how funny it is to see the victim of all these rotten crooks refusing to call the police because of the scandal it would create.
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