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The Captain's Paradise (1953)

The bigamist 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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Captain Henry St. James
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Nita St. James
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Maud St. James
Charles Goldner ...
Chief Officer Ricco
Miles Malleson ...
Lawrence St. James
Walter Crisham ...
Bob
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The Major
Bill Fraser ...
Absalom (taxi driver)
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The Sheikh
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Ali (Vendor)
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Kalikan firing-squad officer
Claudia Grey ...
Susan Dailey
Ann Heffernan ...
Daphne Bligh (as Ann Hefferman)
Arthur Gomez ...
Chief steward
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Mr. Salmon
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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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GUINNESS The Great...Lover! See more »

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28 September 1953 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Professional dancer Yvonne De Carlo persuaded director Anthony Kimmins to talk 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 the film's highlights. See more »

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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: [delighted with her new vacuum cleaner] When you go off on your old ship tomorrow, I'm going to plug this in and give this house the biggest spring cleaning it's ever had.
Capt. Henry St. James: That's the girl! Man toils and women spins.
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Referenced in Ironside: A Matter of Life or Death (1975) See more »

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Delightfully sly British comedy
3 March 1999 | by (Mountain View, Ca.) – See all my reviews

Ship's captain Alec Guinness seems to have a dull life, he's had the same job for years, taking his ship back and forth between Gibraltar and Morocco. Little does anyone know, that the Captain has worked out his idea of a paradise, he has a wife at either end of the line! In British Gibraltar Cecia Johnson gives him all the comforts of domesticity and respectability, and in Morocco sexy Yvonne DeCarlo gives him... you know. Of course, such a life is doomed to complications, and thereby hangs the plot of the film.

A subtly wicked comedy, a lesser "Kind Hearts and Coronets".

Never really belly-laugh funny, but highly witty and great fun. And I love the ending, it's perfect.


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