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20 December 1943 (UK) See more »
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Ivan Kouznetsoff, a Russian engineer, recounts during World War II his stay in England prior to the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Laurence Olivier ... Ivan Kouznetsoff
Penelope Dudley-Ward ... Ann Tisdall (as Penelope Ward)
Marjorie Fielding ... Mrs. Tisdall
Margaret Rutherford ... Rowena Ventnor
Felix Aylmer ... Mr. Runalow
George Thorpe ... Herbert Tisdall
Leslie Henson ... Himself
Guy Middleton ... Dick Christian

Michael Shepley ... Mr. Walford
Edie Martin ... Miss Winifred Tisdall
Muriel Aked ... Mrs. Tisdall-Stanton
Joyce Grenfell ... Sybil Paulson
Everley Gregg ... Mrs. Flannel
Jack Watling ... Tom
David Keir ... Jordan
Miles Malleson ... Theatre Cashier
Aubrey Mallalieu ... Toomes, the Butler

John Laurie ... Wounded Sailor
Brian Nissen ... George Tisdall
John Boxer ... British Sailor
Johnnie Schofield ... Ernie (as John Schofield)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie Ault ... Mrs. Jones (uncredited)
Alexis Chesnakov ... Russian Delegate (uncredited)
Mavis Clair ... Barmaid (uncredited)
George Cole ... Percy (uncredited)
Harry Fowler ... Small Boy (An Evacuee) (uncredited)
Beatrice Harrison ... Herself (uncredited)
Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Frost (uncredited)

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Niall MacGinnis ... Man on ship-dedication stand (uncredited)
Josephine Middleton ... Mrs. Tremlow (uncredited)
Charles Paton ... Mr. Bishop (uncredited)
Marian Spencer ... Mrs. Teddy Beckett (uncredited)
George Street ... Heckler (uncredited)
Jack Vyvian ... Orator In Hyde Park (uncredited)
Ben Williams ... Heckler (uncredited)
Ian Wilson ... Army Bandmaster (uncredited)
Margaret Withers ... Mrs. Elliston (uncredited)
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Directed by
Anthony Asquith 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anatole de Grunwald  (as Anatole De Grunwald)

Produced by
Anatole de Grunwald .... producer (as Anatole De Grunwald)
Filippo Del Giudice .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Nicholas Brodszky 
 
Cinematography by
Bernard Knowles 
 
Film Editing by
Renee Woods 
 
Art Direction by
Carmen Dillon 
Paul Sheriff (supervising art director)
 
Costume Design by
Charles Creed (uncredited)
Norman Hartnell (uncredited)
Molyneux (uncredited)
Digby Morton (uncredited)
Bianca Mosca (uncredited)
Peter Russell (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Herbert Smith .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollock .... assistant director
Denis O'Dell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Norman Spencer .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William Bowden .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cook .... sound recordist (as J.C. Cook)
Desmond Dew .... sound recordist
Harry Miller .... sound editor
Roy Day .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Percy Dayton .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
Charles Staffell .... back projection (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Derek V. Browne .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Cyril J. Knowles .... camera operator (uncredited)
Norman Warwick .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jack Harris .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
James Turner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
James Turner .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gordon Parry .... assistant to producer
Joan Barry .... continuity (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Demi-Paradise" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
114 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Roland Culver was cut out of this filmSee more »
Soundtrack:
Prelude in C-Sharp MinorSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"Uncle Joe" Meets "Mrs. Miniver", 11 March 2013
Author: robertguttman from Tappan, New York

One has to keep in mind that this British comedy, about the experiences of a Soviet engineer in Britain, was produced at a critical point in the relations between those two nations. Due to the fact that Joseph Stalin had signed a non-aggression pact with Adolf Hitler, the Soviet Union remained neutral after Britain and France went to war against Germany in 1939. The Soviets didn't come into the war as an ally of Britain until the middle of 1941, after Germany invaded Russia. It was not an easiest alliances. Unlike the case of Britain and the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union had almost nothing in common, either politically or linguistically. In fact, British relations with the Soviet Union had been strained ever since the 1917 Revolution.

The Demi-Paradise was produced as an aid to bridging the cultural gap between those two allies, at least from the British point of view. I have no idea whether it was ever shown in Russia, let alone how it would have been perceived by audiences there.

The story concerns a Russian engineer, played by Olivier, who encounters a pair of British seamen ashore in Murmansk during World War II. Typically, the British are complaining about the difficulties they are having among the "foreigners". To their astonishment, Olivier jokingly informs them in English that it is they who are the "foreigners" in Russia, and then proceeds to recount his own experiences as a "foreigner" when he was assigned to do a job in Britain both before, and during, the war.

In addition to being a wartime propaganda film, The Demi-Paradise is full of the sort of self-deprecating humor the British seem to love. While produced in Britain, the script actually was written by a Russian ex-patriot, Anatole de Grunwald. Consequently, one cannot help but feel that the writer brought a lot of his own personal experiences and impressions into the story. The result is very droll, and one cannot help but feel that the protagonist's experiences are probably universal to any stranger in a strange land.

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