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 <>

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Two of the uncredited guests at the ball were husband and wife Jack Armstrong and Alecia St Leger. 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: Father! He said Catherine has been arrested!
Lord Loam: Great Scot! Good heavens, I don't believe it! My daughter arrested as a suffragette! That's what comes of all this darned equality!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LOAM HALL ENGLAND 1905 See more »


Remake of The Admirable Crichton (1918) See more »


Polka And Galop
Written by Douglas Gamley
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muir Mathieson
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The Admirable Crighton - 1957 Columbia Pictures
21 May 2005 | by firehouse5See all my reviews

This movie pokes fun at the English class system, using a shipwrecked cast as a backdrop. Kenneth More plays a typically English Butler with plenty of savvy, and reverses roles with his Master, Lord Loam, played rather nicely by Cecil Parker. More's character shows wit and some creativity in adverse circumstances, and is charmingly played. Kenneth More looks distinguished in a dinner jacket however on the island scenes, he actually was photographed from the waist up, to disguise the fact that he was wearing shorts to help him deal with the heat on location. Great movie, and one I would very much like to own a copy of. If anyone knows how I might obtain one, please get in touch. My e-mail is

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Release Date:

16 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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Paradise Lagoon See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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