Trouble in Paradise

Synopsis: High class European thief Gaston Monescu meets his soul mate Lily, a pickpocket masquerading as a countess. The two join forces and come under the employ of Mme. Colet, the beautiful owner of the Colet perfume company. Gaston works as Mme. Colet's personal secretary under the alias Monsieur La Valle. Rumors start to fly as 'M. La Valle' steals Mme. Colet away from her other suitors. When the secret of his true identity catches up to him, Gaston is caught between the two beautiful women.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Director(s): Ernst Lubitsch
Production: Paramount Pictures
  2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

# Most any place #

# Can seem to be a paradise #

# While you embrace #

# Just the one that you adore #

# There needn't be #

# An apple tree with magic powers #

# You need no garden

filled with flowers #

# To taste the thrill of sweet #

# Fleet hours #

# Gentle perfume #

# And cushions that are silk and soft #

# Two in the gloom #

# That is silent but for sighs #

# That's paradise #

# While arms entwine

and lips are kissing #

# But if there's something missing #

# That signifies #

# Trouble in paradise # #

Yes, Baron.

What shall we start with, Baron?

Hmm? Oh, yes.

That's not so easy.

Beginnings are always difficult.

Yes, Baron.

If Casanova suddenly

turned out to be Romeo...

having supper with Juliet,

who might become Cleopatra,

how would you start?

I would start with cocktails.


Very good. Excellent.

It must be the most marvelous supper.

We may not eat it,

but it must be marvelous.

Yes, Baron.

- And, waiter?

- Yes, Baron?

- You see that moon?

- Yes, Baron.

I want to see that moon

in the champagne.

Yes, Baron.

"Moon in champagne."

I want to see, um...

Yes, Baron.

- And as for you, waiter...

- Yes, Baron?

I don't want to see you at all.

No, Baron.

- Oh, I beg your pardon.

- Hmm?

Thank you.

Yes, sir. Right away.

- Oh, my gracious! He almost saw me.

- Who?

The Marquis de la Tour.

He was standing in the lobby.

I don't think he saw me.

I'm positive he didn't. Thank heaven.

But when I came up here, right out

in the hall there was King Boris of Alconia.

- The tennis player?

- The tennis player. He saw me. He bowed.

What could I do? I nodded.

Baron, I shouldn't have come.

But you came.

And you must forget everything...

except that you are here, Countess.

Out there in the moonlight

everything seemed so perfect, so simple.

But now...

- Do you know King Boris?

- No, no.

- Do you the know

the Marquis de la Tour?

- I should like to.

You'd better not.

He's really very dull. But anyhow,

when the king tells the marquis

that he saw me, the marquis

will tell the marquise,

and the marquise is the best friend

of the Duchess of Chambro.

And she will telephone

the Princess de Costa.

The princess doesn't like me.

- But I don't care.

- Why should you?

But she talks a lot.

And before this night's over,

all Venice will know about it.

By tomorrow it'll be

Grand Canal gossip.


Don't stop.

Keep right on complaining.

It's beautiful.

- You know, when I first saw you,

I thought you were an American.

- Thank you.

Someone from another worid...

so entirely different.

Oh. One gets so tired

of one's own class.

Princes and counts

and dukes and kings.

Everybody talking shop,

always trying to sell jewelry.

Then I heard your name

and found out you were just one of us.




Very proud.


The countess?

Just a moment.

The Duchess of Chambro.

Hello, Your Grace.

Yes, Your Grace.

Well, how did you know I was here?

Oh, the marquis.

Yes, Your Grace, I see.

Dinner tomorrow at your palace?

Well, I'd be delighted.

Listen, Lily, when you come home,

slip up the back way.

L... I can't talk now,

but do what I tell you.

And listen, Lily. Do you know

what that darn dog of yours did?

So he really did?

How charming.

Well, my compliments

to the duke. Good-bye.

There you are.

The scandal is on.


Countess, I'm sorry.

If you think it's best

for you to go, well...

I think that's very nice of you.

Yes, very nice.

- I think we should have a cocktail.

- Ah.

The representative of police

wants to know...

how much money you had,

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Samson Raphaelson

Samson Raphaelson (1894–1983) was a leading American playwright, screenwriter and fiction writer. While working as an advertising executive in New York, he wrote a short story based on the early life of Al Jolson, called The Day of Atonement, which he then converted into a play, The Jazz Singer. This would become the first talking picture, with Jolson as its star. He then worked as a screenwriter with Ernst Lubitsch on sophisticated comedies like Trouble in Paradise, The Shop Around the Corner, and Heaven Can Wait, and with Alfred Hitchcock on Suspicion. His short stories appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and other leading magazines, and he taught creative writing at the University of Illinois. more…

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