The Captain's Paradise (1953)

The Captain's Paradise

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In this bright British comedy, we meet Capt. Henry St. James (Alec Guinness) as he stands before a firing squad and then learn of the curious chain of events that brought him to his fate. Henry is a ship's captain ferrying a steamer between Gibraltar and North Africa on a regular basis, and he's taken the notion of "a girl in every port" to a whole new level; he has a wife on each side of the water. In Gibraltar, there's Maude (Celia Johnson), an even-tempered housewife who keeps the house tidy … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
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On DVD: Aug 5, 2003
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Cast


as Capt. Henry St. Jame...

as Nita St. James

as Maud St. James

as Chief Officer Ricco

as Lawrence St. James

as Principal Dancer

as Kalikan Officer

as Daphne Bligh

as Kalikan Policeman

as Susan Dailey

as Chief Engineer

as Chief Steward

as Prof. Ebbart

as Customs Official

as 2nd Customs Official

as 3rd Customs Official

as Absalom

as Maitre d'Hotel

as Prof. Killick

as Mr. Wheeler

as Mrs. Reid

as Officer of the Watch
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Critic Reviews for The Captain's Paradise

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Starring Alec Guinness, this mildly entertaining British comedy was nominated for the Motion Picture Story Oscar.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

Disappointing lighthearted one-note sexual farce about a bigamist

Full Review… | May 5, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lacks something of the charm of the Ealing films -- though it's hard to pinpoint why -- it's an all-too-often-overlooked Guinness film that deserves rediscovery

Full Review… | August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Captain's Paradise

Cute comedy, Guinness is smooth as always, Yvonne DeCarlo besides being stunning proves herself adroit at comedy.

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jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

"The Captain's Paradise" starts with Henry St. James(Alec Guinness) calmly asking the firing squad to please hurry up as he has other places to be, while matter of factly refusing a blindfold. His uncle Lawrence(Miles Malleson), who just missed Henry, is told by Henry's now former Chief Officer, Ricco(Charles Goldner), how he came to be in such a predicament. It may not surprise some that it involved a woman, namely Henry's lover Nita(Yvonne De Carlo), as Ricco recounts happier times like their second anniversary in North Africa. On the other side of the Mediterranean in Gibraltar, where his crew has not been granted British visas to disembark, Henry celebrates his third anniversary with his wife Maud(Celia Johnson).

Even though it is more windup than payoff, "The Captain's Paradise" is still a witty and breezy farce that is ahead of its time in exploring gender relations. Here, the joke is on Henry as he underestimates not one but two women which while certainly no record is still very impressive.(Relax, I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying that since we do know he will end up in front of a firing squad but how he gets there might surprise you.) Henry might think of his life as perfect, containing the best of all worlds, including male camaraderie, and, admittedly, it is a rather clever idea. But if he were as smart as he thought he was, then he would have found a cure for cancer.

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Walter M.

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