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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Laughter in Paradise (1951)
Laughter in Paradise is a movie starring Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, and Guy Middleton. 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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- Genre: Comedy |
- Quality: 720p
- Size: 1.17G
- Resolution: / fps
- Language: English
- Run Time: 93
- IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
- MPR: Normal
- Peers/Seeds: 0 / 0
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Famed practical joker Henry Russell leaves 50,000 pounds to each of his four surviving relatives. But his will has one last joke - they each have to undertake a task completely out of character within a month. As each sets out on their objective they find that quite apart from the promised riches, they are unexpectedly getting a lot out of the challenge. All except caddish Simon Russell, that is.
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One of the Great Sim's great roles--and a fine film to bootReviewed byfcullenVote: 10/10
I first saw this as a youngster and liked it, but over the years it's really grown on me until now I regard it as a minor classic. The main characters were all played excellently, with many lesser characters also played memorably.
Practical joker Hugh Griffiths dies and leaves GBP 50,000 to each of his four living relatives if they complete various silly but onerous tasks within one month of his death. Pulp writer Alistair Sim, snobby Fay Compton, womaniser Guy Middleton and timid George Cole are all faced with problems that are against their natures, and their attempts to succeed ultimately result in a worthy moral and laughter on Earth. Cole's "juvenile" sections used to irritate me when younger but there's plenty else to savour, especially the incomparable Sim as a determined shoplifter, Compton as a harassed skivvy and Middleton as a hornswoggled suitor. As icing on the cake there's also fluffy Joyce Grenfell, scathing John Laurie, suave Anthony Steel, jolly Ernest Thesiger, and many other old friends – even the forever bald Noel Howlett and a young Audrey Hepburn. The direction and production values were top notch too; the sets were so beautifully wooden, the acting certainly was not.
It's flimsy yet logical, life-affirming and recommended – stay with it to the end to have the last laugh.
Well-known prankster Henry Augustus Russell (Hugh Griffith) has laughed his last, and his four relatives gather for the reading of his will. Unfortunately for them, the only way they can each receive the ￡100,000 inheritance is do something wildly out of character - and that's a challenge for all of them! Deniston (Alistair Sim), a reluctant writer of James Hadley Chase-style novels, must somehow spend 28 days in prison; Agnes (Faye Compton), a snobbish battle-axe who bullies her staff, must become a maid for a month; timid bank clerk Herbert (George Cole) must hold up his own bank, while serial womaniser Simon (Guy Middleton) must marry the first woman he speaks to.
This British comedy from Italian director Mario Zampi is a feel-good film which, although not hilarious, is nonetheless amusing and at times even touching. The scenes in which Agnes contends with her cantankerous, bedridden employer (John Laurie) make this more of a light drama, and perhaps occupies a little too much of the run-time, but the other strands liven it up. Guy Middleton is excellent as a proto-Leslie Phillips, practically reprising his role from the raucous school comedy The Happiest Days of Your Life (also with Sim). George Cole is convincingly nervous as he prepares to confront his boss with a gun, while Joyce Grenfell does what only she can as Sim's militaristic, yet subtly vulnerable, fiancé of ten years. There's also a fleeting appearance from a very young Audrey Hepburn, who receives an introductory credit. The plot may be simple and familiar, but it made for entertaining Christmas Day viewing on the Talking Pictures TV channel. I must have seen it five times, over the years.