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50s British comedy Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital in June

6 May 2020

StudioCanal has announced the release of a brand-new restoration of the classic British comedy Laughter in Paradise. Starring the great Alastair Sim (The Green Man, School for Scoundrels), directed by Mario Zampi (Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow) and written by Jack Davies (Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines) and Michael Pertwee (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), this hugely entertaining black comedy originally released in 1951 will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital in June.

Supporting Sim are a veritable who’s who of the era including George Cole (The Happiest Days of Your Life), Fay Compton (The Haunting), Guy Middleton (The Captive Heart) and Hugh Griffith (Ben-Hur). The film also features an extremely early appearance on film from a young Audrey Hepburn.

The four remaining relatives of famed practical joker Henry Russell are brought together to hear his last will and testament, revealing a £50,000 inheritance for each of them, if they can complete a set task that is completely at odds with their character. The assignments are designed to reflect their greatest shortcomings and test their ability to adapt, and ultimately change for the better.

Law-abiding retired army officer Deniston (Alastair Sim) secretly writes scandalous novels, until he is given a week to get himself arrested for an actual crime and jailed for exactly 28 days. Haughty Agnes (Fay Compton) must find employment as a housekeeper in a middle-class home and retain her position for a month despite her disdain. Simon (Guy Middleton), a penniless womanising rogue, has to marry the first single woman he speaks to, such as the cigarette girl at the club he frequents (Audrey Hepburn). Finally, timid Herbert (George Cole) needs to hold up the bank manager he works for with a mask and a toy pistol. What could possibly go wrong?

Laughter in Paradise Blu-ray cover art

Laughter in Paradise comes to UK Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on 29 June 2020 from StudioCanal as part of its Vintage Classic Collection.

Blu-ray and DVD special features:

  • NEW: Alastair Sim and Laughter in Paradise: Interview with Stephen Fry
  • Ministry of Information short Nero: Save Fuel (1943) starring Alastair Sim & George Cole
  • Behind The Scenes Stills Gallery
  • Alastair Sim's Rectorial Address at Edinburgh University (1949) - Audio only
  • Easter Egg