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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 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
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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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Comedy | Romance

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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

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 »

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 »

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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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such fun!!
26 January 2005 | by (boston mass. usa) – See all my reviews

i just got this through my local library as part of a goal to see much more of alec guinness's work. it was much better than even i had hoped. the writing is excellent and has caused me to seek out more films by the screenwriter, alec coppel. the film begins with a rich premise: a cruise ship's captain has worked out for himself a paradisical life by keeping two wives, one in gibraltar and one across the bay(?) in ceuta. guinness has determined that 'it's impossible to find a perfect woman' so he has chosen these two wives,each of whom embodies 'half of a perfect woman'. the British wife is dull and dutiful, cooking and keeping house, and when he's with her he leads a quiet boring life and goes to bed each night at 10pm. but when he's with his Latin-looking sexy dancer-wife, he keeps a totally opposite lifestyle- eating out with his wife every night, drinking , dancing, and cavorting in midnight swims... what a hoot! but eventually ' he gets a little sloppy' and a demise is in the works.... the plot's turn is very surprising(given the era) and satisfying. an 8 for me.


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