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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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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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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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(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 »

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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

Capt. Henry St. James: [On the bridge, musing out loud to no one in particular] 'He that would enter paradise must have a golden key.'
Chief Officer Ricco: [Overhearing] You said something about a key, captain...
Capt. Henry St. James: I was merely quoting, Ricco, an old proverb.
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Lucille Toody's Favorite Movie
27 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this comedy, which demonstrates that one can't have one's cake and eat it too. Alec Guiness has found that he has a perfect recipe for happiness by being a bigamist. He has one wife in Gibraltar (Celia Johnson) and one in Ceuta (Yvonne De Carlo). As his business is running a ferry service between the two cities he has reason to be gone at least a night or two from either wife. He chooses Celia to mirror the perfect domestic spouse, and Yvonne for the perfect excitement spouse. But in truth both women are increasingly unhappy by the uneven state of their marriages. Johnson wants to go out with her husband to night spots, and De Carlo wants to cook him a dinner, and maybe play some bridge or charades with him. Instead of willingly switching the formula, Guiness foolishly prevents both women from getting their desire, and looses them both. Ironically they never discover he committed bigamy.

It is not as good as "The Lavender Hill Mob", or "The Ladykillers", or "The Man in the White Suit" or "The Horse's Mouth", but it is as good as "The Card". Although admittedly second tier Guiness it is popular. It is also the only film of Guiness's to be mentioned in the television series "Car 54 Where Are You?". Lucille Toody thought it was so romantic. Imagine Gunther with two wives in the Bronx and Queens?


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