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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.

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Anthony Kimmins

Writers:

Alec Coppel (screenplay), Nicholas Phipps (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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A Model Husband... in Gibraltar! A Gay, Dashing Lover... in North Africa! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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 »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Henry's (SirAlec Guinness') quote "We cultivate the faculty of patient expectancy..." is taken from G.K. Chesterton ("I am cultivating the faculty of patient expectancy"). 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

Maud St. James: I'm 37, Henry, and I think it's time I started to live. I realize that I've missed a great many things, and I want to get them before it's too late. I want to stay up late before it's too late for me to stay up late.
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Alternate Versions

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

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such fun!!
26 January 2005 | by film_ophileSee all my reviews

i just got this through my local library as part of a goal to see much more of alec guinness's work. it was much better than even i had hoped. the writing is excellent and has caused me to seek out more films by the screenwriter, alec coppel. the film begins with a rich premise: a cruise ship's captain has worked out for himself a paradisical life by keeping two wives, one in gibraltar and one across the bay(?) in ceuta. guinness has determined that 'it's impossible to find a perfect woman' so he has chosen these two wives,each of whom embodies 'half of a perfect woman'. the British wife is dull and dutiful, cooking and keeping house, and when he's with her he leads a quiet boring life and goes to bed each night at 10pm. but when he's with his Latin-looking sexy dancer-wife, he keeps a totally opposite lifestyle- eating out with his wife every night, drinking , dancing, and cavorting in midnight swims... what a hoot! but eventually ' he gets a little sloppy' and a demise is in the works.... the plot's turn is very surprising(given the era) and satisfying. an 8 for me.


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