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Laughter in Paradise (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 11 November 1951 (USA)
When a millionaire practical joker dies, he divides his fortune among four heirs who must carry out his zany instructions to cash in.

Director:

Mario Zampi

Writers:

Michael Pertwee (original story), Jack Davies (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Sim ... Deniston Russell
Fay Compton ... Agnes Russell
Guy Middleton ... Simon Russell
George Cole ... Herbert Russell
Hugh Griffith ... Henry Augustus Russell
Ernest Thesiger ... Endicott
Beatrice Campbell Beatrice Campbell ... Lucille Grayson
Mackenzie Ward ... Benson
A.E. Matthews ... Sir Charles Robson
Joyce Grenfell ... Elizabeth Robson aka Fluffy
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Sheila Wilcott
John Laurie ... Gordon Webb
Veronica Hurst Veronica Hurst ... Joan Webb
Anthony Steel ... Roger Godfrey
Charlotte Mitchell Charlotte Mitchell ... Ethel
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Storyline

Famed practical joker Henry Russell leaves 50,000 pounds to each of his four surviving relatives. But his will has one last joke - they each have to undertake a task completely out of character within a month. As each sets out on their objective they find that quite apart from the promised riches, they are unexpectedly getting a lot out of the challenge. All except caddish Simon Russell, that is. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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He sets the whole world laughing ... there's even Laughter in Paradise !

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gelächter im Paradies See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Swan & Edgar in Piccadilly, where Alastair Sim attempts to steal a pearl necklace, closed in 1982. It's owners since have been Tower Records, Virgin Megastore, Zavvi and since 2010 'The Sting' clothes store. See more »

Goofs

When Deniston Russell visits the police station for the second time, he addresses the officer on duty as Inspector. However, the man has three arrow-shaped stripes on his shoulder, which clearly marks him as a Sergeant. Even if he didn't know the difference, one would expect the police officer to correct him. See more »

Quotes

Herbert Russell: Well, sometimes worms change their spots.
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Remade as Some Will, Some Won't (1970) See more »

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an overview of the title, plot, and cast
13 October 1999 | by Spart-3See all my reviews

One would be hard-pressed not to laugh along with the Russell family in the final scene of this, my most favorite of British post-war comedies. It is a comedy in every sense, albeit one which points up several life lessons as it unfolds. Alistair Sim - whose roles have run the gamut from Headmistress of a girls' public school (the St. Trinian's series)to benign assassin (The Green Man) to the dramatic (the quintessential Scrooge in A Christmas Carol) once again proves here that he is without doubt the best of many comic actors in the English cinema. Surrounded by a cast of equal talents (Fay Compton, George Cole, Guy Middleton, A.E. Matthews, John Laurie, and the irrepressible Joyce Grenfell) Sim leads a Light Cavalry charge through a wonderfully woven plot. There are wonderful morals to be learned here also. If you haven't seen this gem, by all means get the video and fill that gaping void in your filmic experiences.


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