Laughter in Paradise (1951)

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When a millionaire practical joker dies, he divides his fortune among four heirs who must carry out his zany instructions to cash in.

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  • Audrey Hepburn in Laughter in Paradise (1951)
  • Fay Compton and Charlotte Mitchell in Laughter in Paradise (1951)
  • Alastair Sim and Eleanor Summerfield in Laughter in Paradise (1951)
  • Joyce Grenfell and Alastair Sim in Laughter in Paradise (1951)
  • Fay Compton and John Laurie in Laughter in Paradise (1951)
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20 April 2014 | fcullen
| One of the Great Sim's great roles--and a fine film to boot
This classic of comedy and drama stars Alastair Sim, the peerless character comedian, and Fay Compton, a versatile stage actor of considerable range. The Laughter coming from Paradise emanates from a recently deceased eccentric (madcap Hugh Griffith) who follows the efforts of his four competitive heirs, for all of whom he has set different but embarrassing tasks to perform to qualify for an inheritance. Alastair Sim and Fay Compton have the choicer roles. Alastair Sim's ludicrous dilemma leads into a bravura comic performance. His bewildered and peeved fiancée is played by the exceptional Joyce Grenfell. Fay Compton's unsympathetic character becomes an occasion for exquisite acting in this film. Young George Cole, one of Mr & Mrs Sim's real-life protégés, handled comedy nearly as deftly as the master, and Cole is still appearing in films 75 years after his celluloid debut. Cole's role as a sincere but insecure lad is the polar opposite of sly and suave Guy Middleton, the fourth of a quartet of prospective heirs. Kudos to supporting players Ernest Thesiger and Eleanor Summerfield. Audrey Hepburn made her English-language movie debut in this film as a cigarette girl in a supper club, and Anthony Steel, on the brink of becoming a star hunk, had a larger and romantic role. Laugher in Paradise defies genre. It offers character studies, by turn hilarious and poignant. An unqualified 10 from this fan

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