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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: 09/06/1953

The Captain's Paradise (1953)

3 Stars (out of 4)

A Girl in Each Port

Anthony Kimmins' The Captain's Paradise (1953) was made available exclusively in the Alec Guinness 5-Film Collection DVD box set. (Though viewers can probably find used copies of the 2001 disc.) In it, 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 five films, given the talent of the secondary director Kimmins, but it's still filled with amusing stuff.

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