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The scenes in which Herbert Marshall is running up and down the stairs at Madame Colet's were done with a double who is only seen from the rear. Mr. Marshall lost a leg in WWI and although it was almost impossible to notice that he used a prosthesis, he could not perform any action that called for physical agility.
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This movie was popular both with critics and with audiences, but was made before the enforcement of the production code. After 1935, it was withdrawn from circulation and was not seen again, except at museums and archival institutions until it was sold to MCA and released for television in 1958. It became available on DVD in 2003.
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Although Miriam Hopkins got top billing, she's got the least money of the three stars: $1,750/week. Kay Francis got $4,000/week with 6 weeks guarantee and Herbert Marshall got $3,500/week.
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The movie was not approved for re-issue in 1935 when the Production Code was being rigorously enforced. In 1943 Paramount re-submitted the script with the intention of producing a musical version and was denied.
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Cary Grant was also considered to play the leading part, but in 1932 he was still too young for the part. Ernst Lubitsch wanted the touch of experience in the actor face, so he chose the 42-year-old Herbert Marshall and 33-year-old Kay Francis to supply that look.
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The most widely known of director Ernst Lubitsch's films. The "Lubitsch touch" as his style was called, emphasized subtlety and elegance, expressive of good taste, and being economical about what does and doesn't need to be shown, relying on the audience to tell the difference
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" Trouble in Paradise " was the sixth most popular movie at the U.S. box office for 1932.
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"Little" Mary Pickford, the silent film star, liked Ernst Lubitsch's tasteful touches of suggestiveness enough to ask him to direct her in a film that would help her show more maturity on screen. But she did not get along with Lubitsch himself nor did she appreciate 'Rosita,' the film they made together. In later years she usually ranked it with her worst films.
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991.
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The original play, "A Becsuletes Megtalalo" (The Honest Finder), opened in Budapest in December 1931.
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
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The 100,000 francs Gaston see that Madam Colet keeps in her safe would equal $3,925 at the time, or nearly $70,000 in 2016.
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In an interview near the end of his life in 1947, director Ernst Lubitsch thought that this film was his best work.
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
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Edward Everett Horton and Charles Ruggles, who play Madame Colet's rival suitors, would later lend their voices to The Bullwinkle Show (1959). Horton narrated the "Fractured Fairy Tales" segments, while Ruggles, as the voice of Aesop, narrated the "Aesop and Son" segments.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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The Production Code Office was concerned about the portrayal of the Venice and Italian police, especially after the controversy caused by This Is the Night (1932).
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #170.
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