Trouble in Paradise (1932) - Rotten Tomatoes

Trouble in Paradise (1932)



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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 and sophisticated innuendo, Trouble in Paradise was described by one critic as "as close to perfection as anything I have ever seen in the movies." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Miriam Hopkins
as Lily Vautier
Herbert Marshall
as Gaston Monescu
Kay Francis
as Mariette Colet
Edward Everett Horton
as Francois Filiba
Charlie Ruggles
as The Major
C. Aubrey Smith
as Adolph J. Giron
Robert Greig
as Jacques
Rolfe Sedan
as Purse Salesman
Luis Alberni
as Annoyed Opera Fan
Hooper Atchley
as Insurance Agent
Nella Walker
as Mme. Bouchet
Perry Ivins
as Radio commentator
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Critic Reviews for Trouble in Paradise

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11)

Filmmakers, screenwriters, actors and audiences can learn every sort of valuable trick from it.

October 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Not a false note in the whole piece. The performances, visuals and screenplay are all exsquisite.

February 4, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 4, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

February 4, 2009

Despite the Lubitsch artistry, much of which is technically apparent, it's not good cinema in toto.

October 6, 2008 | Full Review…

If ever a film slipped down a treat, this one does.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Trouble in Paradise

The first two thirds of the film are impeccable, relying on exceptional performances (especially Herbert Marshall) and a delightfully sophisticated dialogue, so it is really a pity that the plot starts to become a bit implausible and contrived after that, towards the end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


I loved this movie, it was hilarious.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Okay, okay, I was wrong. Frank Capra's It Happened One Night apparently was NOT the first romcom ever ... it appears as if this one, a glittering gem cut in the early 30's by nigh forgotten German wunderkind Ernst Lubitsch, has the honor of begetting a veritable host, a steaming, teeming slew of imitators that extend to even this very week in cinema houses everywhere (beat THAT for florid prose!) But why? Sophistication, wit, and sex wrapped in ... sophistication, wit and sex!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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