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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.


Lewis Gilbert


Vernon Harris (screenplay), J.M. Barrie (play) | 1 more credit »




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


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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Did You Know?


The film was released in the US as "Paradise Lagoon." The distributors feared that if they used the original J.M. Barrie title the public would think the film was about a naval officer. See more »


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 »


Lady Mary: Why don't you come deer hunting with me sometime?
Bill Crichton: Ooh! I might find myself chasing the wrong dear.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LOAM HALL ENGLAND 1905 See more »


Version of The Admirable Crichton (1918) See more »


Molly Malone
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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Straightforward Version of a Barrie Classic
4 July 2013 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

PARADISE ISLAND (UK title THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON) is a Technicolor version of the old Barrie classic. Filmed by Rank at the height of its studio period, it stars Kenneth More in the eponymous role as the butler who manages to adapt to life on a desert island. More isn't the most obvious personality to play a butler - his breezy screen persona projected a more louche image than that expected of a gentleman in service - but he makes a good stab at the role. He is complemented in the film by Cecil Parker as his employer. A much underrated actor, Parker was extremely good at playing harassed males of a certain vintage - outwardly authoritative yet inwardly insecure. In this production it's clear that he cannot manage without Crichton. Director Lewis Gilbert handles familiar material with élan, making this a satisfying piece of entertainment.

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Release Date:

16 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bermuda See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Modern Screen Play See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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