Trouble in Paradise
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Time Out saysRight from its opening joke - a Venetian romantically serenading a gondola full of garbage - Trouble in Paradise spins a wonderful, sophisticated tale in praise of immorality, money and sex, with two aristocratic impostors (Marshall and Hopkins) battling over their plans to rob a rich widow (the languorous Kay Francis). Lubitsch's regular script collaborator Samson Raphaelson never bettered the lethal irony of his dialogue here, as the thieves pass insinuations to and fro with the same lightning grace they give to pickpocketing. And the director's famed 'touch', which can on occasion seem like a thump, remains featherweight and incisive throughout, matching the performances of his charmingly bogus lead players. If ever a film slipped down a treat, this one does.