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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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Charles Goldner ...
Miles Malleson ...
Lawrence St. James
Walter Crisham ...
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Bill Fraser ...
Absalom (taxi driver)
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The Sheikh
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Daphne Bligh (as Ann Hefferman)
Arthur Gomez ...
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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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28 September 1953 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Prof. Killick: [With Capt. St. James and others at table in the ship's dining room] Captain, the trouble with the human race is, that it's entirely sub-human.
Capt. Henry St. James: There, Professor, I must raise a small cry of protest.
Prof. Killick: I ignore it. Mankind has consistently misused science, ever since Prometheus brought down fire from Heaven.
Capt. Henry St. James: In my opinion... I was just going to say, that the only hope for civilization...
Prof. Killick: [Interrupting] There isn't any!
Capt. Henry St. James: ...is that every device of science - radio, television, all of them - shall be ...
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A piece of paradise
2 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film is a treat! It is the tale of an English sea Captain (Alec Guiness) who thinks he has devised the perfect arrangement for paradise. He has a wife in two ports - each one half his idea of the perfect woman. His English wife (Celia Johnson) is the dutiful, domestic wife, whilst his Latin wife (Yvonne De Carlo) provides the excitement which he craves. All three play their roles well - Alec Guinness is a delight to watch, making you root for him and at times losing sympathy for him. The two wives appear to be stereotypical characters - but neither is quite as they seem! The script is witty and perceptive and the plot always engaging. I can recommend setting sail for the Captain's Paradise!


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