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Director:
Writers:
Alec Coppel (story)
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Release Date:
28 September 1953 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He makes two-timing an art...and gets away with it See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Lucille Toody's Favorite Movie See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alec Guinness ... Captain Henry St. James

Yvonne De Carlo ... 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

Sebastian Cabot ... Ali (vendor)

Peter Bull ... Kalikan firing-squad officer
Claudia Grey ... Susan Dailey
Ann Hefferman ... Daphne Bligh
Arthur Gomez ... Chief steward
George Benson ... Mr. Salmon
Joss Ambler ... Prof. Ebbart
Victor Fairley ... Customs official #1
Michael Balfour ... Customs official #2
Robert Adair ... Customs official #3
Jacinta Dicks ... Flower seller
Alejandro Martínez ... Guitarist
Tutte Lemkow ... Principal dancer
Andreas Malandrinos ... Maitre d'Hotel (as Andre Malandrinos)
Armand Guinle ... Chief engineer
Paul Armstrong ... Deck officer
Raymond Hoole ... Storekeeper
Henry B. Longhurst ... Prof. Killick
Bernard Rebel ... Mr. Wheeler
Ambrosine Phillpotts ... Majorie (with the major)
Catherina Ferraz ... Shopkeeper
Roger Delgado ... Kalikan policeman
Joyce Barbour ... Mrs. Reid (housekeeper)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pauline Challoner ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Roy Purcell ... Officer of the Watch (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Tea Vendor at Market (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Kimmins 
 
Writing credits
Alec Coppel (story)

Alec Coppel (writer) and
Nicholas Phipps (writer)

Produced by
Anthony Kimmins .... producer
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Scaife  (as Ted Scaife)
 
Film Editing by
Gerald Turney-Smith  (as G. Turney-Smith)
 
Art Direction by
Paul Sheriff 
 
Costume Design by
Julia Squire 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bond .... hair stylist
George Partleton .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sydney Streeter .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Causey .... assistant director
Alec Gibb .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Lee Doig .... sound editor
Red Law .... sound recordist
Bert Ross .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denys N. Coop .... location camera operator (as Denys Coop)
Peter Newbrook .... camera operator
Gerry Fisher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Norman Hargood .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridget Sellers .... wardrober
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
 
Other crew
Walter Crisham .... dance director
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Tutte Lemkow .... dance director
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1990)
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Trivia:
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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Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
Maud St. James:I'm 37, Henry, and I think it's time I started to live. I realize that I've missed a great many things, and I want to get them before it's too late. I want to stay up late before it's too late for me to stay up late.See more »
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Lucille Toody's Favorite Movie, 27 February 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

I enjoyed this comedy, which demonstrates that one can't have one's cake and eat it too. Alec Guiness has found that he has a perfect recipe for happiness by being a bigamist. He has one wife in Gibraltar (Celia Johnson) and one in Ceuta (Yvonne De Carlo). As his business is running a ferry service between the two cities he has reason to be gone at least a night or two from either wife. He chooses Celia to mirror the perfect domestic spouse, and Yvonne for the perfect excitement spouse. But in truth both women are increasingly unhappy by the uneven state of their marriages. Johnson wants to go out with her husband to night spots, and De Carlo wants to cook him a dinner, and maybe play some bridge or charades with him. Instead of willingly switching the formula, Guiness foolishly prevents both women from getting their desire, and looses them both. Ironically they never discover he committed bigamy.

It is not as good as "The Lavender Hill Mob", or "The Ladykillers", or "The Man in the White Suit" or "The Horse's Mouth", but it is as good as "The Card". Although admittedly second tier Guiness it is popular. It is also the only film of Guiness's to be mentioned in the television series "Car 54 Where Are You?". Lucille Toody thought it was so romantic. Imagine Gunther with two wives in the Bronx and Queens?

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