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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:
A delight in 1953 & still a delight in 2006 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:
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:
Prof. Killick:[With Capt. St. James and others at table in the ship's dining room] Captain, the trouble with the human race is, that it's entirely sub-human.
Capt. Henry St. James:There, Professor, I must raise a small cry of protest.
Prof. Killick:I ignore it. Mankind has consistently misused science, ever since Prometheus brought down fire from Heaven.
Capt. Henry St. James:In my opinion... I was just going to say, that the only hope for civilization...
Prof. Killick:[Interrupting] There isn't any!
Capt. Henry St. James:...is that every device of science - radio, television, all of them - shall be used to show one half of the world how the other lives.
[...]
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A delight in 1953 & still a delight in 2006, 20 December 2006
Author: Jay Harris (sirbossman6969@yahoo.com) from United States

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.

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