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The Captain's Paradise (1953)

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 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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Paradise See more »

Filming Locations:

Gibraltar See more »

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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 »

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Lucille Toody's Favorite Movie
27 February 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this comedy, which demonstrates that one can't have one's cake and eat it too. Alec Guiness has found that he has a perfect recipe for happiness by being a bigamist. He has one wife in Gibraltar (Celia Johnson) and one in Ceuta (Yvonne De Carlo). As his business is running a ferry service between the two cities he has reason to be gone at least a night or two from either wife. He chooses Celia to mirror the perfect domestic spouse, and Yvonne for the perfect excitement spouse. But in truth both women are increasingly unhappy by the uneven state of their marriages. Johnson wants to go out with her husband to night spots, and De Carlo wants to cook him a dinner, and maybe play some bridge or charades with him. Instead of willingly switching the formula, Guiness foolishly prevents both women from getting their desire, and looses them both. Ironically they never discover he committed bigamy.

It is not as good as "The Lavender Hill Mob", or "The Ladykillers", or "The Man in the White Suit" or "The Horse's Mouth", but it is as good as "The Card". Although admittedly second tier Guiness it is popular. It is also the only film of Guiness's to be mentioned in the television series "Car 54 Where Are You?". Lucille Toody thought it was so romantic. Imagine Gunther with two wives in the Bronx and Queens?


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