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Paradise Lagoon (1957)
"The Admirable Crichton" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  16 December 1957 (USA)
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Lord Loam has modern ideas about his household; he believes in treating his servants as his equals - at least sometimes. His butler, Crichton, still believes that members of the serving ... See full summary »



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Lord Loam has modern ideas about his household; he believes in treating his servants as his equals - at least sometimes. His butler, Crichton, still believes that members of the serving class should know their place and be happy there. But when the Loam family are shipwrecked on a desert island with the self-reliant Crichton and between maid Tweeny, the class system is put to the test. Written by George S. Davis <>

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(as Paradise Lagoon) Shipwrecked in Paradise! See more »




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16 December 1957 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.96 : 1
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The film was adapted into a musical entitled "Our Man Crichton" which premiered in London on December 21, 1964. Kenneth More repeated his film role of Crichton in the musical version. See more »


When land is first sighted, Tweeny has only one arm on the oar when the binoculars are passed to Crichton. In the next shot, when Crichton is looking through the binoculars, she has both arms on the oar. See more »


Lady Brocklehurst: George... Listen when anyone begins to answer with "The fact is... "
Brocklehurst: But why, mother?
Lady Brocklehurst: Because that is, usually, the beginning of a lie.
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Opening credits prologue: LOAM HALL ENGLAND 1905 See more »


Remake of Male and Female (1919) See more »


Molly Malone
Generally regarded as a tradiational song, but lyrics are sometimes attributed to James Yorkston with music arranged by Edmund Forman
Sung by Lord Loam on the island
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The Admirable Crighton - 1957 Columbia Pictures
21 May 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie pokes fun at the English class system, using a shipwrecked cast as a backdrop. Kenneth More plays a typically English Butler with plenty of savvy, and reverses roles with his Master, Lord Loam, played rather nicely by Cecil Parker. More's character shows wit and some creativity in adverse circumstances, and is charmingly played. Kenneth More looks distinguished in a dinner jacket however on the island scenes, he actually was photographed from the waist up, to disguise the fact that he was wearing shorts to help him deal with the heat on location. Great movie, and one I would very much like to own a copy of. If anyone knows how I might obtain one, please get in touch. My e-mail is

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