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Bees in Paradise (1944)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 20 March 1944 (UK)
During World War II, a plane crashes on an island full of dominating women.

Director:

Val Guest

Writers:

Marriott Edgar (original story and screenplay), Val Guest (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Askey ... Arthur Tucker
Anne Shelton Anne Shelton ... Rouana
Peter Graves ... Peter Lovell
Max Bacon Max Bacon ... Max Adler
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Ronald Wild
Jean Kent ... Jani
Antoinette Cellier ... The Queen
Joy Shelton ... Almura
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Moagga
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Storyline

During World War II, a plane crashes on an island full of dominating women.

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1944 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Elas Estão como Querem See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The quote, "That way madness lies," is from William Shakespeare's "'King Lear", Act 3, Scene 4. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, Rouana calls out to Arthur from a rock "Hey! Wait for me!", but her lips do not move. See more »

Soundtracks

KEEP A SUNBEAM IN YOUR POCKET
(uncredited)
Written by Val Guest and Manning Sherwin
Sung by Anne Shelton
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Ridiculous, but wonderfully entertaining
14 April 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

The team from Miss London Ltd are back - Arthur Askey as the "four foot nothing" hero, Anne Shelton as the saucy seductress, Peter Graves as the token handsome guy, and Jean Kent as the sweet little thing, with Max Bacon and Ronald Shiner bringing up the rear.

Jean, Anne, and about 2000 other girls are the residents of "Paradise Island", a place which seems to worship bees, to the point of acting like them - women are queens, men are drones. And after marriage, the man is sacrificed two months after the honeymoon, as their tradition goes, either by jumping off a cliff, or sailing off into the ice. So when four pilots parachute out of their dying plane and land on this island, they're immediately in for it. Askey is immediately nabbed by Shelton - for the rest of the film her entourage follows him around with his own special rickshaw. But he's after Kent, who is herself after Graves. The men find out about the death tradition, and are anxious to flee the island, until Shelton marries Askey before he realises it (drinking wine together signifies the betrothal) and suddenly it's a matter of life or death that he escapes!

Movie starts off somewhat dodgy, leaving you thinking "what on EARTH is going on??" but stay with it, it's hilarious, and well worth seeing! There's plenty of songs, and more Bob Hope/Bing Crosby/Dorothy Lamour 'road' references than you can poke a stick at.


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