The Smiling Lieutenant

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"Maurice Chevalier laughing and loving again in Ernst Lubitsch's sparkling cocktail of romantic merriment"
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  • 1931
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 7.2  (4,062)

The Smiling Lieutenant is an American musical comedy film, released in 1931. The movie stars popular French actor and singer Maurice Chevalier, alongside Claudette Colbert and Miriam Hopkins. The movie is directed by Ernst Lubitsch. The plot revolves around a love triangle between Lieutenant Niki (Chevalier), Princess Anna (Colbert), and Franzi (Hopkins). Lieutenant Niki is a handsome soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army who is known for his charm and wit. He falls in love with Franzi, a violinist, while on a visit to a music shop. They begin a romance, and things seem to be going well until Niki is sent to deliver a message to Princess Anna.

Princess Anna is a young woman who is betrothed to a wealthy nobleman, but she is not in love with him. When she meets Niki, she is immediately charmed by his wit and humor. Niki is also attracted to Anna and soon finds himself torn between his duty and his love for Franzi.

The movie is a classic romantic comedy, full of witty dialogue, wonderful musical numbers, and charming performances by the cast. Maurice Chevalier is delightful as the charming Lieutenant Niki, who is torn between two women. His comedic timing is spot on, and he delivers his lines with a certain charm and charisma that makes him impossible not to like. Claudette Colbert is equally charming as Princess Anna, and Miriam Hopkins is a breath of fresh air as Franzi.

The Smiling Lieutenant is also notable for its music. The movie features several memorable songs, including "Jazz Up Your Lingerie" and "My Love Parade". The music is catchy and upbeat, and it perfectly captures the spirit of the movie.

The movie's director, Ernst Lubitsch, is known for his sophisticated and witty comedies. He directs The Smiling Lieutenant with a light touch, allowing the actors to shine and the comedy to flow naturally. The movie's pacing is perfect, with just the right balance of humor and romance.

Overall, The Smiling Lieutenant is a delightful romantic comedy that is sure to charm audiences today as it did in 1931. With its charming cast, memorable music, and witty dialogue, it is easy to see why this movie is considered a classic. Fans of romantic comedies are sure to enjoy this gem from the golden age of Hollywood.

The Smiling Lieutenant is a 1931 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

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    1 hr 29 min
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    7.2  (4,062)