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The Captain's Paradise (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 28 September 1953 (USA)
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.

Director:

Anthony Kimmins

Writers:

Alec Coppel (screenplay), Nicholas Phipps (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... Captain Henry St. James
Peter Bull ... Kalikan Officer
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Ricco
Miles Malleson ... Lawrence St. James
Claudia Grey Claudia Grey ... Susan Daley
Ann Heffernan Ann Heffernan ... Daphne Bligh
Arthur Gomez Arthur Gomez ... Chief Steward
Ferdy Mayne ... The Sheikh
George Benson George Benson ... Mr. Salmon
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Professor Ebbart
Victor Fairley Victor Fairley ... 1st Customs Official
Michael Balfour ... 2nd Customs Official
Robert Adair Robert Adair ... 3rd Customs Official
Sebastian Cabot ... Ali
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Absalom
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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 {J-26}

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GUINNESS The Great...Lover! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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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 »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 »

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

Capt. Henry St. James: [Greeting Susan Dailey and Daphne Bligh at table in the ship's dining room] Good evening. I hope you're enjoying your trip... I can thoroughly recommend the Brown Windsor Soup.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

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