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Film: Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise is a 1932 pre-code Romantic Comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, and Herbert Marshall. A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner.

In 1991, Trouble in Paradise was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

This film provides examples of:

  • Book Ends: The movie starts and finishes with Gaston and Lily showing the other what they have stolen from each other and then kissing.
  • Brick Joke: "What? You found a handbag? Well, you're three weeks too late."
  • Conspicuous Consumption
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The movie is completely shameless about it.
    Gaston: Good night, Madame. And let me tell you again, you dance like a dream.
    Mme. Colet: Oh no, it's the way you lead.
    Gaston: No, Madame, it's the way you follow.
  • Gentleman Thief: Gaston.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the opening credits the words 'Trouble in' appear and then a bed before the word 'paradise,' subliminally indicating that sex is at least part of the film's plot. It was done so subtly for the time that censors didn't notice it until the film's attempted re-release in 1935.
  • Give Me Back My Wallet
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language:
  • Have We Met?: Hilariously played with; Francois is quite insistent that he's never met Gaston before. Then he remembers where he *does* know him from.
  • Karma Houdini: The protagonists are crooks and don't get caught. At the time. this was a violation of The Hays Code and caused the film to be withdrawn from circulation and was not seen again until 1968.
  • Love Triangle: Between Lily, Mariette and Gaston.
  • Running Gag: "I have a confession to make"
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Called out by Gaston. Although, you have to remember he is the thief.
    Gaston: I see. You have to be in the Social Register to keep out of jail. But when a man starts at the bottom and works his way up, a self-made crook, then you say, "Call the police! Put him behind bars! Lock him up!"
  • Smarmy Host:
    From Geneva comes the news that the famous international crook, Gaston Monescu, robbed the peace conference yesterday. He took practically everything except the peace.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Lily usually hides the things she steals there. Not always with success, though.

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alternative title(s): Trouble In Paradise
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