Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Most sources agree that MGM's Heaven on Earth was actually a re-edited version of the 1926 Josef Von Sternberg production The Exquisite Sinner. Both films starred Renee Adoree and Conrad Nagel; both concerned the scion of a silk-manufacturing family who joins a band of gypsies; and both were credited to director Phil Rosen, who took over for the notoriously slow Von Sternberg halfway through production of Exquisite Sinner. To qualify as a "new" picture, Heaven on Earth included a gratuitous subplot involving such supporting actors as Gwen Lee and Julia Swayne Gordon. Film editor John English then deftly rearranged the scenes from the 1926 film, so that audiences would not suspect that they were being served warmed-over stew. English did his job so well that not even the trade paper Variety figured out that Heaven on Earth was hardly an original effort.