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The Captain's Paradise (1953)

The bigamist captain of a ferry boat between the restricted British colony in Gibraltar and Spanish Morocco has a woman of differing appeal and temperament in each port.

Director:

Anthony Kimmins

Writers:

Alec Coppel (story), Alec Coppel | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... Captain Henry St. James
Yvonne De Carlo ... Nita St. James
Celia Johnson ... Maud St. James
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Chief Officer Ricco
Miles Malleson ... Lawrence St. James
Walter Crisham ... Bob
Nicholas Phipps ... The Major
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Absalom (taxi driver)
Ferdy Mayne ... The Sheikh
Sebastian Cabot ... Ali (Vendor)
Peter Bull ... Kalikan firing-squad officer
Claudia Grey Claudia Grey ... Susan Dailey
Ann Heffernan Ann Heffernan ... Daphne Bligh (as Ann Hefferman)
Arthur Gomez Arthur Gomez ... Chief steward
George Benson ... Mr. Salmon
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Storyline

Mediterranean ferryboat captain Henry St James has things well organized - a loving and very English wife Maud in Gibraltar, and the loving if rather more hot-blooded Mistress, Nita in Tangiers. A perfect life. As long as neither woman decides to follow him to the other port. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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He makes two-timing an art...and gets away with it See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paradise See more »

Filming Locations:

Gibraltar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

London Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Professional dancer Yvonne De Carlo persuaded director Anthony Kimmins to talk Alec Guinness into doing the mambo with her in a night club sequence. Guinness, not usually thought of as a physical actor, consented to a week's worth of dance lessons from De Carlo and the sequence is one of the film's highlights. See more »

Goofs

The shots of the ship at night are obviously of a model, as can be seen by the movement of the sea at the bow. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Killick: [With Capt. St. James and others at table in the ship's dining room] Captain, the trouble with the human race is, that it's entirely sub-human.
Capt. Henry St. James: There, Professor, I must raise a small cry of protest.
Prof. Killick: I ignore it. Mankind has consistently misused science, ever since Prometheus brought down fire from Heaven.
Capt. Henry St. James: In my opinion... I was just going to say, that the only hope for civilization...
Prof. Killick: [Interrupting] There isn't any!
Capt. Henry St. James: ...is that every device of science - radio, television, all of them - shall be ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Some prints of "The Captain's Paradise" run 77 minutes. See more »

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A delight in 1953 & still a delight in 2006
20 December 2006 | by jaybobSee all my reviews

The Captains Paradise is a charming delightful comedy.

Alec Guiness is wonderful as always, this time as a ferry-boat Captain, ferrying between Gibralter & Morrocco,(Kalik in film). he happens to have a wife in Gibralter (Celia Johnson) & a lover in Morrocco (Yvonne deCarlo). Censors at the time did not allow him to have 2 wives at same time. It would be a spoiler to tell you more. This was filmed on location (filming on actual sites was still somewhat of a rarity in 1953. Gibralter & Tangier were very picturesque & it did add to the enjoyment.

The running time is only 86 minutes which is perfect timing for this type comedy. If this was made today, they would drag it out to near the 2 hour mark.

Rating *** (out of 4) points 88 (out of 100) IMDb 8 (out of 10)


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