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The Captain's Paradise (1953)

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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 overview, first billed only:
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Captain Henry St. James
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Nita St. James
Celia Johnson ...
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)
Ferdy Mayne ...
The Sheikh
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Ali (vendor)
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Kalikan firing-squad officer
Claudia Grey ...
Susan Dailey
Ann Hefferman ...
Daphne Bligh
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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A Model Husband... in Gibraltar! A Gay, Dashing Lover... in North Africa! 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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Professional dancer Yvonne De Carlo persuaded director Anthony Kimmins to talk Alec Guinness into doing the mambo with her in a night club sequence. Guinness, not usually thought of as a physical actor, consented to a week's worth of dance lessons from De Carlo and the sequence is one of the film's highlights. 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 »

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Chief Officer Ricco: Mrs. 'Gibraltar' St. James: she's in there.
Capt. Henry St. James: I know.
Chief Officer Ricco: Madame 'Kalik' St. James: she's also in there.
Capt. Henry St. James: I'm quite aware of the fact.
Chief Officer Ricco: Then what do we do?
Capt. Henry St. James: In the words of a famous English statesman, "We cultivate the faculty of patient expectancy." We wait and see.
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A true comic delight....
22 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

It is difficult to choose among the many comic films put out by the Ealing Studios in the 50's & 60's, but The Captain's Paradise ranks right up there. Alec Guinness is at the top of his comic form as the smug Captain Saint James, whose deviously constructed 'paradise' comes crashing down around him. The story, like all the best comedies, is really a morality tale, with the captain getting his comeuppance, but, in the end, still foxily escaping final judgement. A sparklingly witty script and fine ensemble acting make this one a must-see for devotees of British comedy. I never tire of watching this one.


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