Claudette Colbert teaches us a valuable lesson in The Smiling Lieutenant, here…
When hosting a party, it’s important that you make sure you’re well dressed for the occasion.
Tonight, we’ll be having a little pajama party in the living room, popping up some popcorn, and dishing up some of our favourite homemade pizzas.
Now that they’re a little older, it’s time to give the kids a little glimpse into pre-code Hollywood! So, along with our #feastinggoals, we’ll be introducing the family to a fantastic director, screening an Ernst Lubitsch Triple Feature: The Smiling Lieutenant, Trouble in Paradise, and, my favourite, One Hour With You.
From the Criterion Collection:
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931): 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.”
Trouble in Paradise (1932): When thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets his true love in pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins), they embark on a scam to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet (Kay Francis). But when Gaston becomes romantically entangled with Mme. Colet, their larcenous ruse is jeopardized and Gaston is forced to choose between two beautiful women.
One Hour With You, (1932): Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald star as a seemingly blissful couple whose marriage hits the skids when her flirtatious school chum comes on to her husband a bit too strong. Necking in the park at nighttime, husbands and wives having casual dalliances, and a butler telling his master, “I did so want to see you in tights!”: it’s one of Lubitsch’s sauciest escapades and his final “pre-Code” musical.
It’s going to be a night to remember!