• United States
  • 1931
  • 89 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  

Maurice Chevalier’s randy Viennese lieutenant is enamored of Claudette Colbert’s freethinking, all-girl-orchestra-leading cutie. Yet complications ensue when the sexually repressed princess of the fictional kingdom of Flausenthurm, played by newcomer Miriam Hopkins, sets her sights on him. The Smiling Lieutenant is a delightful showcase for its rising female stars, who are never more charming than when Colbert tunefully instructs Hopkins, “Jazz Up Your Lingerie.”

Credits

DirectorErnst Lubitsch
ScreenplaySamson Raphaelson and Ernest Vajda
ProducerErnst Lubitsch
Based upon “The Waltz Dream” byLeopold Jacobson and Felix Dörman
& the novel “Nux Der Prinzgemahl” byHans Müller
CinematographyGeorge Folsey
EditingMerrill G. White
Art directionHans Dreier
MusicOscar Straus
LyricsClifford Grey

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