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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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Laurence Olivier is a Communist....at least in this film. See more (10 total) »

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)

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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Runtime:
114 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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:
Hold Your Hand Out, You Naughty BoySee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Laurence Olivier is a Communist....at least in this film., 6 June 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

During WWII, the American and British film industry made quite a few films that attempted to rehabilitate the perceptions about the Russian people. That's because before the war, they were the enemy, but now that the three countries were allies, the government pushed film makers to portray the Russians in very glowing terms. In the States, films like THE NORTH STAR gave a sickeningly sweet view of the Russians that were just too good to be true. THE DEMI-PARADISE is a British film that also seeks to made the Russians seem more human--more like our friends.

It's interesting to see the famous actor Laurence Olivier playing Ivan Kouznetsoff--a Russian who talks to some British seamen during the war about his visit to London before the war. His accent seemed okay to me, but who am I to judge?! Anyways, the film is all told in flashback form. For the most part, Olivier's character is a bit standoffish and seems to think everything Russian is better--though this improves a bit through the course of the film. As for the Brits, they range from a few suspicious idiots to those who keep pointing out how "they are just like us". A father even wonders out loud about what a great husband Kouznetsoff would make. Talk about over-idealizing the Russians. As a result, the people in the film seem more like caricatures than real people. And as for Olivier, he seemed a bit silly--very stereotypical and broad in his portrayal.

Now despite me not loving this film and disliking how unreal everyone seemed, it was a good bit better than the WWII Hollywood films that were pro-Russia. They went even further to idealize Russia--to such a point that the films are downright dumb, as no group of people is THAT wonderful and happy and full of spunk! Overall, it's an interesting curio but certainly not a film you should run out to rent.

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