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The Captain's Paradise (1953)

The bigamist captain of a ferry boat between the restricted British colony in Gibraltar and Spanish Morocco has a woman of differing appeal and temperament in each port.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Captain Henry St. James
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Nita St. James
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Maud St. James
Charles Goldner ...
Chief Officer Ricco
Miles Malleson ...
Lawrence St. James
Walter Crisham ...
Bob
Nicholas Phipps ...
The Major
Bill Fraser ...
Absalom (taxi driver)
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The Sheikh
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Ali (Vendor)
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Kalikan firing-squad officer
Claudia Grey ...
Susan Dailey
Ann Heffernan ...
Daphne Bligh (as Ann Hefferman)
Arthur Gomez ...
Chief steward
George Benson ...
Mr. Salmon
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Storyline

Mediterranean ferryboat captain Henry St James has things well organized - a loving and very English wife Maud in Gibraltar, and the loving if rather more hot-blooded Mistress, Nita in Tangiers. A perfect life. As long as neither woman decides to follow him to the other port. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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GUINNESS The Great...Lover! See more »

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28 September 1953 (USA)  »

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Paradise  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was mentioned in a plot for the TV series'Car 54, where are you?' See more »

Goofs

The shots of the ship at night are obviously of a model, as can be seen by the movement of the sea at the bow. See more »

Quotes

Chief Officer Ricco: I'll introduce myself ladies... Chief Officer Ricco.
Susan Dailey: I'm Miss Dailey... and this is Miss Bligh.
Chief Officer Ricco: To you, Carlos.
Daphne Bligh: [rudely] And To YOU, Miss Dailey. and Miss Bligh.
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Referenced in Ironside: A Matter of Life or Death (1975) See more »

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A piece of paradise
2 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is a treat! It is the tale of an English sea Captain (Alec Guiness) who thinks he has devised the perfect arrangement for paradise. He has a wife in two ports - each one half his idea of the perfect woman. His English wife (Celia Johnson) is the dutiful, domestic wife, whilst his Latin wife (Yvonne De Carlo) provides the excitement which he craves. All three play their roles well - Alec Guinness is a delight to watch, making you root for him and at times losing sympathy for him. The two wives appear to be stereotypical characters - but neither is quite as they seem! The script is witty and perceptive and the plot always engaging. I can recommend setting sail for the Captain's Paradise!


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