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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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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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The Hilarious Story of What the Girls Saw in the Butler... See more »

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Trivia

The Red Dwarf robot/android "Kryten" was named after the butler, Crichton (the SF robot has the same name, but this time phonetically). 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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Remade as Plaisir du théâtre: L'admirable Crichton (1959) See more »

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Polka And Galop
Written by Douglas Gamley
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muir Mathieson
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Straightforward Version of a Barrie Classic
4 July 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

PARADISE ISLAND (UK title THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON) is a Technicolor version of the old Barrie classic. Filmed by Rank at the height of its studio period, it stars Kenneth More in the eponymous role as the butler who manages to adapt to life on a desert island. More isn't the most obvious personality to play a butler - his breezy screen persona projected a more louche image than that expected of a gentleman in service - but he makes a good stab at the role. He is complemented in the film by Cecil Parker as his employer. A much underrated actor, Parker was extremely good at playing harassed males of a certain vintage - outwardly authoritative yet inwardly insecure. In this production it's clear that he cannot manage without Crichton. Director Lewis Gilbert handles familiar material with élan, making this a satisfying piece of entertainment.


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