An eccentric practical joker plans to have the last laugh on his relatives after his death. His will stipulates that each of them must perform a task that is totally out of character before they can inherit their share of his money.
Laughter in Paradise (1951) was a patchy, but thoroughly amiable slice of whimsy, blessed with superb performances by Alastair Sim and Joyce Grenfell. If this insipid remake is supposed to be a comedy, however, it’s not only an insult to the memory of the original, but it also breaches the Trades Descriptions Act.
What makes this an even more depressing experience is the utter waste of a cast that includes James Robertson-Justice, Arthur Lowe and Dennis Price, in addition to Thora Hird, Michael Hordern, Ronnie Corbett and Leslie Phillips as the quartet forced to humiliate themselves to benefit from joker Wilfrid Brambell’s will.
Sir Charles Robson