The Smiling Lieutenant
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1931 • United States
Starring Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins
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.”
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