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The Smiling Lieutenant

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Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins, Charlie Ruggles,

Ernst Lubitsch’s satire permeates this musical from the most minute of background noises to the plot itself: a story of romance vs. royalty, with Maurice Chevalier caught smiling in the middle; Claudette Colbert on the side of the people and love, as a performer in a Viennese beer garden; and Miriam Hopkins as the infinitely less desirable but unavoidable Princess Anna of Flausenthurm. The plot makes its final twist on a purely cosmetic point, and this is the beauty of Lubitsch.

Judy Bloch
  • Ernest Vajda
  • Samson Raphaelson
Based On
  • The operetta Ein Walzertraum by Felix Dörmann, Leopold Jacobson, and the novel Nux der Prinzgemahl by Hans Müller

  • George Folsey
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 88 mins
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • NBC Universal

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Laughter in paradise: the films of Ernst Lubitsch (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, Scott Eyman, 2000

Revivals in focus (review), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1987

The Lubitsch touch (program note)

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