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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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Catherine
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Agatha
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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

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

Lady Mary: Father! He said Catherine has been arrested!
Lord Loam: Great Scot! Good heavens, I don't believe it! My daughter arrested as a suffragette! That's what comes of all this darned equality!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LOAM HALL ENGLAND 1905 See more »

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Version of The Admirable Crichton (1968) 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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Good, entertaining yarn
22 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Non of the gadgets of a Bond movie and with the innocence of a bygone era, this story never fails to entertain me. The acting, within the constraints of the story, was, in the opinion of this amateur, very good.

The story gives hope for the future in that, in spite of upsets and disasters that disturb the orderly life of the time, there is a right and wrong way to correct matters. Politicians have been trying to persuade us for years that they have this insight. If only they had then maybe we would be better off. But that would be Utopia where diligence would be rewarded.

J.M. Barrie certainly rewards the hero's diligence in the tale but not until the uncomfortable story line has been unfolded. Kenneth Moore's Crichton was spot on with showing competent servility and the faults that this entails. The cast made a good entertaining yarn an excellent film.


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