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.”
Up Next in Comedies
The Butcher Boy
Directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle • 1917 • United States
Starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Buster Keaton makes his film debut as one of a number of troublesome customers at a general store.
Directed by Buster Keaton and Edward F. Cline • 1920 • United States
Starring Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts, Sybil Seely
Farmhand Buster looks for love and ends up playing the dummy in a cornfield.
Good Night Nurse
Directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle • 1918 • United States
Starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Alice Lake
It’s shenanigans at a sanitarium—with Buster Keaton as a cleaver-wielding surgeon.