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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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Jack Watling ...
Treherne
Peter Graves ...
Gerald Harper ...
Mercy Haystead ...
Catherine
Miranda Connell ...
Agatha
Miles Malleson ...
Vicar
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Joan Young ...
Mrs. Perkins
Brenda Hogan ...
Fisher
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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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(as Paradise Lagoon) Shipwrecked in Paradise! See more »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

For much of his role as Bill Crichton, Kenneth More was filmed from the waist up to hide the fact that he was wearing shorts with his dinner-jacket because of the heat during filming. 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

Bill Crichton: One can't recapture a dream. Don't spoil it by trying to.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LOAM HALL ENGLAND 1905 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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The Governor and The Daddy.
30 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

The Admirable Crichton is an adaptation of J.M. Barrie's role reversal play, taking pot shots at the British class system and starring Kenneth More in the title role, it's something of a little treasure. Basically the plot sees Butler supreme Crichton become the governor of the desert island that he, and the toff family he serves, have been shipwrecked upon. The point being that these rich toffs, tho basically good people, are ill equipped to fend for themselves in the cold hard world. Crichton of course is well prepared for this new life forced upon them. He can cook, swim, catch fish, even start a fire, which none of the rich folk are capable of doing! We are of course asked to suspend a modicum of disbelief, I mean there are four sexy babes on this island and all of them start to fancy Crichton! Yes it's that sort of film folks. But it's a real well told story that is acted with fine skill, particularly from More and the infectious Cecil Parker as Lord Loam, whilst red blooded men such as myself get the benefit of some rather pretty looking ladies, especially Sally Ann Howes as Lady Mary. The ending is never really in doubt, but you know what, in this type of picture I didn't want it any other way. Highly recommended escapism. 7/10


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