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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
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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 »
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Attractively done, with humour and social commentary combined.
What a delightful comedy of a type we are not likely to see made today. Although almost 50 years old, it hardly crowds the boundaries of political correctness, certainly does not trample them - not easy to accomplish today.
Crichton, the title and leading character, having achieved the proud position of being an English butler, demonstrates very clearly to us that this is a responsible, demanding post requiring many skills.
This delightful character quickly and confidently moves from a Victorian English, aristocratic home where he comfortably serves the English upper class, to an isolated tropical island where they serve him!
Kenneth More plays this part so well that we never doubt that such a complete reversal of roles would be possible.
Cecil Parker is wonderful as the seemingly ineffective, yet charming aristocrat, "Daddy". He completes the change by becoming a reasonable servant - not quite up to the demands of a butler's position, more like a valet to More's "Gov" (Governor).
Lightly, yet firmly, poking fun at the class system. With a clear message of self-worth deriving from talents, skills and effort, rather than birth.
The colour, humour, and pace of this movie make it one that the whole family can watch and enjoy.
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