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The Captain's Paradise (1953)

The 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.

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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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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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 Sir 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 this movie's highlights. See more »

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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

Maud St. James: [delighted with her new vacuum cleaner] When you go off on your old ship tomorrow, I'm going to plug this in and give this house the biggest spring cleaning it's ever had.
Capt. Henry St. James: That's the girl! Man toils and women spins.
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Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in Car 54, Where Are You?: Toody's Paradise (1962) See more »

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delightful
24 October 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Alec Guinness lives "The Captain's Paradise" in this 1953 Ealing light comedy. Guinness plays the captain of a ferry going from the British colony of Gibraltor to Spanish Morocco, who, according to his chief officer Ricco (Charles Goldner), has found the recipe for true happiness. He is, so sayeth the officer, a genius.

His recipe is a simple one, and as we have learned recently, with the news of Charles Lindbergh having another family in Germany, and the book "Pilot" - it's more common that we knew. The captain, Henry St. James, has a wife in each port. Celia Johnson is his British wife, a homemaker and excellent cook. The two lead an orderly life - in bed by 10, and when he comes home, he brings her a gift for the household. His Moroccan wife, who calls him "Jimmy," is Yvonne DeCarlo. She's sexy, a dancer who loves the nightlife. The two drink champagne, take moonlight swims, and go dancing.

Of course, as time goes on, problems ensue. For one thing, the women become bored with their roles.

A very funny film, with an interesting message about roles and how, as people grow older, they want to take on different ones.

Guinness is excellent as the happy and then frustrated man in their lives. The best scene, though, is Celia Johnson dancing with her cousin Bob (Walter Crisham) - hilarious.

Highly recommended


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