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Paradise Lagoon (1957)

The Admirable Crichton (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 16 December 1957 (USA)
In 1905, Lord Henry Loam, his family and his servants are shipwrecked on a deserted island where the survival of the fittest renders the rigid class system irrelevant.

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Mercy Haystead ...
Catherine
Miranda Connell ...
Agatha
Miles Malleson ...
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Joan Young ...
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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 <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Trivia

At one stage, Paramount were keen to cast David Niven in its planned version. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ernest: You should be in the staff boat - not with us.
Bill Crichton: Shall I withdraw, sir?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LOAM HALL ENGLAND 1905 See more »

Connections

Version of The Admirable Crichton (1918) See more »

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I Wouldn't Leave My Little Wooden Hut For You
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Written by Charles Collins and Tom Mellor
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Perfect segue from stage to screen
16 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

The stand out performance in the Admirable Crichton has to be Cecil Parker. His comic twitches and compromised authority are hilarious. This take on the British class system never has a dull moment: a perfect segue from stage to screen.

Just to see Kenneth More morph into Parker's role on the island is a delight. And More does make a fine egalitarian 'gov'!

Australia's own Diane Cilento and Sally Anne Howes are very well cast. Sally Anne has a wonderful chaste reserve and to see her come out on the island as self sufficient and loving under the tutelage of More is priceless.

But tracking down a copy of this film was very difficult. I found an excellent DVD in America which was the English version, not Paradise Lagoon.


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