Laughter in Paradise

Laughter in Paradise

Mario Zampi (1951)

U Certificate


Our Score
Films made up of interwoven stories are notoriously difficult to do well, as it's all too easy either to lose the thread of the difficult episodes or to become impatient with the less substantial ones. That director Mario Zampi nearly brings off the trick here is almost entirely down to the fantastic performance of Alastair Sim as the henpecked thriller writer whose inheritance depends on him receiving a 28-day jail sentence. The scene in which he tries to shoplift is one of the funniest in a career overladen with choice comic moments. The other three episodes aren't bad, it's just that Sim's is exceptional.


A group of people inherits a small fortune from an eccentric relative. However, the conditions of the will state that each person must carry out a bizarre task in order to collect. Comedy, starring Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, Fay Compton, George Cole and Guy Middleton.

Cast & Crew

Deniston Russell Alastair Sim
Agnes Russell Fay Compton
Lucille Grayson Beatrice Campbell
Joan Webb Veronica Hurst
Simon Russell Guy Middleton
Herbert Russell George Cole (1)
Sir Charles Robson A E Matthews
Elizabeth Robson Joyce Grenfell
Roger Godfrey Anthony Steel
Gordon Webb John Laurie
Sheila Wilcott Eleanor Summerfield
Mr Wagstaffe Ronald Adam
Police sergeant Leslie Dwyer
Endicott Ernest Thesiger
Henry Russell Hugh Griffith
Stuart Michael Pertwee
Cigarette girl Audrey Hepburn
Director Mario Zampi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Assoc. British Pathe LtdAvailable on: video and DVD