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The Captain's Paradise
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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:
A true comic delight.... 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
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:
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:I'll introduce myself ladies... Chief Officer Ricco.
Susan Dailey:I'm Miss Dailey... and this is Miss Bligh.
Chief Officer Ricco:To you, Carlos.
Daphne Bligh:[rudely] And To YOU, Miss Dailey. and Miss Bligh.
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A true comic delight...., 22 July 1999

It is difficult to choose among the many comic films put out by the Ealing Studios in the 50's & 60's, but The Captain's Paradise ranks right up there. Alec Guinness is at the top of his comic form as the smug Captain Saint James, whose deviously constructed 'paradise' comes crashing down around him. The story, like all the best comedies, is really a morality tale, with the captain getting his comeuppance, but, in the end, still foxily escaping final judgement. A sparklingly witty script and fine ensemble acting make this one a must-see for devotees of British comedy. I never tire of watching this one.

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