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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Delightfully sly British comedy See more (28 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
 
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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:
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:
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:
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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Edited into The Clock (2010)See more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Delightfully sly British comedy, 3 March 1999
Author: otter from Mountain View, Ca.

Ship's captain Alec Guinness seems to have a dull life, he's had the same job for years, taking his ship back and forth between Gibraltar and Morocco. Little does anyone know, that the Captain has worked out his idea of a paradise, he has a wife at either end of the line! In British Gibraltar Cecia Johnson gives him all the comforts of domesticity and respectability, and in Morocco sexy Yvonne DeCarlo gives him... you know. Of course, such a life is doomed to complications, and thereby hangs the plot of the film.

A subtly wicked comedy, a lesser "Kind Hearts and Coronets".

Never really belly-laugh funny, but highly witty and great fun. And I love the ending, it's perfect.

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