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Paradise Lagoon (1957)

The Admirable Crichton (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 16 December 1957 (USA)
In 1905, Lord Henry Loam, his family and his servants are shipwrecked on a deserted island where the survival of the fittest renders the rigid class system irrelevant.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Vernon Harris (screenplay), J.M. Barrie (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth More ... Crichton
Diane Cilento ... Tweeny
Cecil Parker ... Lord Loam
Sally Ann Howes ... Lady Mary
Martita Hunt ... Lady Brocklehurst
Jack Watling ... Treherne
Peter Graves ... Brocklehurst
Gerald Harper Gerald Harper ... Ernest
Mercy Haystead Mercy Haystead ... Catherine
Miranda Connell Miranda Connell ... Agatha
Miles Malleson ... Vicar
Eddie Byrne ... Captain
Joan Young Joan Young ... Mrs. Perkins
Brenda Hogan Brenda Hogan ... Fisher
Peter Welch ... Rolleston
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Lord Loam has modern ideas about his household; he believes in treating his servants as his equals - at least sometimes. His butler, Crichton, still believes that members of the serving class should know their place and be happy there. But when the Loam family are shipwrecked on a desert island with the self-reliant Crichton and between maid Tweeny, the class system is put to the test. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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(as Paradise Lagoon) Shipwrecked in Paradise! See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "The Admirable Crichton" by J.M. Barrie opened at the Lyceum Theater on November 17, 1903, ran for 144 performances with William Gillette {famous for his Sherlock Holmes plays and portrayal} in the title role. The play was revived on Broadway in 1931. See more »

Goofs

When land is first sighted, Tweeny has only one arm on the oar when the binoculars are passed to Crichton. In the next shot, when Crichton is looking through the binoculars, she has both arms on the oar. See more »

Quotes

Ernest: You should be in the staff boat - not with us.
Bill Crichton: Shall I withdraw, sir?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LOAM HALL ENGLAND 1905 See more »

Connections

Remake of Male and Female (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

Molly Malone
(uncredited)
Generally regarded as a traditional song, but lyrics are sometimes attributed to James Yorkston with music arranged by Edmund Forman
Sung by Cecil Parker (Lord Loam) on the island
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Perfect segue from stage to screen
16 January 2006 | by syralex2003See all my reviews

The stand out performance in the Admirable Crichton has to be Cecil Parker. His comic twitches and compromised authority are hilarious. This take on the British class system never has a dull moment: a perfect segue from stage to screen.

Just to see Kenneth More morph into Parker's role on the island is a delight. And More does make a fine egalitarian 'gov'!

Australia's own Diane Cilento and Sally Anne Howes are very well cast. Sally Anne has a wonderful chaste reserve and to see her come out on the island as self sufficient and loving under the tutelage of More is priceless.

But tracking down a copy of this film was very difficult. I found an excellent DVD in America which was the English version, not Paradise Lagoon.


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Language:

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Release Date:

16 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bermuda See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.75 : 1
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