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Laughter in Paradise (1951)




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In this briskly-paced comedy a famed prankster kicks the bucket and leaves each of four relatives $140,000 on the condition that each recipient perform a special task before receiving their inheritance. He assigns his bossy, haughty sister to spend nearly a month as a maid. His cousin, a writer of pulp crime novels is assigned to spend the same amount of time in prison. The deceased tells a milque-toast bank clerk that he will not receive his portion unless he robs his employer. Finally the practical joker offers a portion to a carefree womanizer on the stipulation that he marry the first girl he meets. Released in 1951, Laughter in Paradise was Britain's top-grossing film. Watch carefully and see a young Audry Hepburn in a bit part as a cigarette girl.

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Alastair Sim
as Captain James Deniston Russell
Fay Compton
as Agnes Russell
Guy Middleton
as Simon Russell
Beatrice Campbell
as Lucille Grayson
Veronica Hurst
as Joan Webb
George Cole
as Herbert Russell
A.E. Matthews
as Sir Charles Robson
Joyce Grenfell
as Elizabeth Robson
Anthony Steel
as Roger Godfrey
John Laurie
as Gordon Webb
Eleanor Summerfield
as Sheila Wilcott
Ronald Adam
as Mr. Wagstaffe
Leslie Dwyer
as Police Sergeant
Hugh Griffith
as Henry Russell
Audrey Hepburn
as Cigarette girl
Colin Gordon
as Station Constable
Mary Germaine
as Susan Heath
Noel Howlett
as Clerk of the Court
Martin Boddey
as Store Shopwalker
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Critic Reviews for Laughter in Paradise

All Critics (5)

An amiable if ultimately forgettable comedy.

May 11, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Alastair Sim pretty much steals the picture as a writer of crime fiction who literally cannot get himself arrested.

May 9, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, for a movie that should be chock full of such shenanigans, Laughter in Paradise pointedly avoids farce, instead taking its characters' journeys a little too seriously and producing a disappointingly tame result.

May 1, 2020 | Full Review…

As a whole, although the script contains some genuinely amusing ideas, neither script writers nor director have achieved the pace, invention and style of high comedy.

February 5, 2018 | Full Review…

It should have been a riot, but the zany Brit comedy is fumbled by the heavy-handed direction.

August 24, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Laughter in Paradise

A quirky and charming British comedy that plays out like four stories woven into one (which pretty much hits the nail on the head). Unfortunately, woven is a bit of an overstatement because the film - despite the potential - does not screwball the stories into each other as much as it could have done. WIth a better scripwriter and finesse, this could have been a classic. This way, it feels like a below-par sitcom with easy laughts and no substance.

Henrik Schunk
Henrik Schunk

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