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
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Henry's quote 'We cultivate the faculty of patient expectancy..." is taken from 'G. K. Chesterton' ("I am cultivating the faculty of patient expectancy."). See more »
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 »
Capt. Henry St. James:
[Greeting Susan Dailey and Daphne Bligh at table in the ship's dining room]
Good evening. I hope you're enjoying your trip... I can thoroughly recommend the Brown Windsor Soup.
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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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