skip navigation
The Smiling Lieutenant

The Smiling Lieutenant(1931)

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here

Remind Me

TCMDb Archive MaterialsView all archives (0)

DVDs from TCM Shop

The Smiling Lieutenant A misfired flirtation lands a... MORE > $18.95 Regularly $19.98 Buy Now


powered by AFI

DVDs from TCM Shop

The Smiling Lieutenant A misfired flirtation lands a... MORE > $18.95
Regularly $19.98
buy now

Although New York Times commented on a wedding scene in the film, no such scene was seen in the viewed print. The song "Breakfast Table Love" might also be known as "One More Hour of Love," and "Live for Today" might also be known as "While Hearts Are Singing." Scenes shot for this film are included in the 1931 Paramount promotional film The House That Shadows Built. Modern sources add the following credits: Art dir , Hans Dreier; Mus dir, Adolph Deutsch; Mus arr, John W. Green and Conrad Salinger; Sd eng, C. A. Tuthill; (Officer) Charles Wassenheim; (A woman) Maude Allen. Further, one modern source notes that Paramount maintained three silent versions of the film for foreign release to defray the cost of their original negative. Chevalier experienced personal tragedy during the production when his mother died, and he also became estranged from his wife, Yvonne Vallee, at this time. Modern sources report that Hopkins earned $1,500 per week for this, her second feature film. By the 1950s, film experts believed that the film no longer existed. However, a print was eventually found in the Danish Film Archives. An earlier film entitled The Waltz Dream, which was based on the same sources, was produced in Germany in 1926 and was released in the United States. The Smiling Lieutenant was nominated by AMPAS for Best Picture of 1931/32, and New York Times included it in its 1931 "Ten Best" list. NYSA records list a French version of the film called Le lieutenant souriant, directed by Ernst Lubitsch and written by Ernest Vadja, that starred Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert and Miriam Hopkins, with French dialogue and lyrics by Jacques Bataille-Henri. That version, which was 8,126 feet in length, played in New York on October 15, 1931. According to an article in New York Times in February 1932, the French version was very successful in Paris. No additional information on a French version has been located, however, and it is probable that the version mentioned in the New York Times was merely dubbed.