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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
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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 »
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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The Captains Paradise is a charming delightful comedy.
Alec Guiness is wonderful as always, this time as a ferry-boat Captain, ferrying between Gibralter & Morrocco,(Kalik in film). he happens to have a wife in Gibralter (Celia Johnson) & a lover in Morrocco (Yvonne deCarlo). Censors at the time did not allow him to have 2 wives at same time. It would be a spoiler to tell you more. This was filmed on location (filming on actual sites was still somewhat of a rarity in 1953. Gibralter & Tangier were very picturesque & it did add to the enjoyment.
The running time is only 86 minutes which is perfect timing for this type comedy. If this was made today, they would drag it out to near the 2 hour mark.
Rating *** (out of 4) points 88 (out of 100) IMDb 8 (out of 10)
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