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With: Alec Guinness, Yvonne De Carlo, Celia Johnson, Charles Goldner, Miles Malleson, Walter Crisham, Nicholas Phipps, Bill Fraser, Ferdy Mayne, Sebastian Cabot, Peter Bull, Claudia Grey, Ann Hefferman, Arthur Gomez, George Benson
Written by: Alec Coppel, Nicholas Phipps, based on a story by Alec Coppel
Directed by: Anthony Kimmins
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: English
Running Time: 94
Date: 06/08/1953

The Captain's Paradise (1953)

3 Stars (out of 4)

A Girl in Each Port

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In Anthony Kimmins' The Captain's Paradise (1953), Alec Guinness plays a captain who commands a ferryboat between Gibraltar and Tangier. He keeps a girl in each port: one is a fiery, sexy party girl who can dance but can't cook (Yvonne De Carlo), and the other is a homebody who fetches the captain's slippers and puts him to bed by 10 p.m. (Celia Johnson). The captain has supposedly found the key to paradise with this situation, but of course, there's a twist. This is arguably the least of the Ealing Studios/Alec Guinness films I've seen, largely due to second-tier work by director Kimmins, but it's still filled with amusing stuff. It was released in the Alec Guinness 5-Film Collection DVD box set, which was released in 2002 by Anchor Bay, and then re-packaged by Lionsgate in 2009. Now Kino Lorber has the titles, and The Captain's Paradise has been released along with Barnacle Bill (1957) on a 2020 Blu-ray edition. The transfer on The Captain's Paradise isn't quite as strong as Barnacle Bill's; it's softer, and with less contrast, but still worth seeing. The disc comes with optional subtitles for both movies, and trailers for four Ealing/Guinness movies.

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