Miriam Hopkins before Bette Davis

Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall star in the Lubitsch classic Trouble in Paradise. In the early 1930s, Miriam Hopkins was dashing between starring roles on Broadway and chasing her own rising star in Hollywood films. Then along came Bette Davis; her meteoric rise to fame nearly obliterated Miriam Hopkins' presence on the screen.

Fortunately, there are a few gems that were filmed just prior to Bette becoming the queen of Hollywood that showcase Miriam Hopkins at her best. She had swell comic timing, and a beautiful face made for closeups. On Tuesday night, we'll pay tribute to Miriam in a fantastic Ernst Lubitsch classic, Trouble in Paradise -- gorgeous to look at, with stunning set pieces, clever dialogue, and just the right touch of sentiment, this film is a charmer. Trouble in Paradise is the first film in our series Love American Style -- which examines the changing mores and ideals regarding love and romance during the golden age of film.

Film critic Walter Chaw hosts with after-film discussion. Read more of Walter's review.

  • Tuesday, August 3, 6-9 p.m, B2 Conference Center, Central Library
  • Written by Chris on August 2, 2010

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