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


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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Release Date:

28 September 1953 (USA)  »

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Paradise  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Referenced in Ironside: A Matter of Life or Death (1975) See more »

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Too Much Marriage
29 October 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Alec Guinness made a few silly comedies and "The Captain's Paradise" is the best. Mr. Guinness portrays an international naval captain who is married to two different women at the same time: Celia Johnson as your average housewife and Yvonne De Carlo as your average sexpot. The captain believes he has the perfect life with each wife until he finds out that he doesn't.

It is an adorable movie. Very funny! It read Mr. Guinness enjoyed working with Ms. De Carlo, whom he respected. She taught him to tango for their dancing scenes. This is Ms. De Carlo's best role. Also, this movie gives Ms. Johnson a chance to be funny. She usually is sad in her early movies.

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