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Adventure for Two -- Laurence Olivier stars in this romantic comedy about a Russian invent- or who comes to England and falls in love with a British girl.


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20 December 1943 (UK) See more »
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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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)

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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Demi-Paradise" - UK (original title)
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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
This Could Be the Start of a Beautiful Friendship, 25 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In between making That Hamilton Woman and Henry V both of which could be argued were better contributions to the propaganda front of the British war effort, Laurence Olivier made this film about a Soviet engineer who designs a new type ship propeller and the government contracts with a British firm to build and install it on a ship. This is taking place in 1939 before any general war breaks out in Europe.

Two things I found interesting about The Demi-Paradise. Firstly the fact that the proper name of the country, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or USSR, or the Soviet Union is never used once in the film. Olivier always refers to his country as Russia, as do the others in the cast. Secondly, you never hear one word about the German-Soviet non- aggression pact. I suppose that might have been better than the clumsy explanations given in the American film Mission to Moscow.

But whether Czarist or Marxist it's a different world that Olivier steps into when he arrives in the United Kingdom. He's pretty suspicious at first, but his interaction with British people in all walks of life gradually wins him over. Not the least of which is pretty Penelope Ward who's conducting a campaign of her own as far as Olivier is concerned.

Hardly the greatest film Olivier ever did. Then again he nor anyone else managed to get themselves blacklisted over it, did they?

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