The Captain's Paradise

The Captain's Paradise

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Sir Alec Guinness is Henry St. James, captain of an international ferry boat who has discovered the secret to the perfect double life: in Gibraltar he has a British housewife, while in Tangier his second wife is a hotblooded Spanish vixen. When the Captain becomes careless with anniversary gifts, he must see if he can not only outwit two betrayed wives, but survive a very serious firing squad.


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Nov 14, 2014

To be completely honest here - I found this 1953, British, Comedy (about the captain of an international ferry boat who's juggling 2 wives at different ports) to be mighty low on laughs, for the most part.

Through scenes of extended flashbacks, the viewer quickly learns how "that-swell-guy", Captain Harry James, was able to keep up his bigamist charade for 7 sweet years until, out of sheer carelessness, the 2 wives inevitably meet up, face-to-face, for a less-than-satisfying showdown.

In the case of Harry's 2 wives - One was a prim & proper square, while the other was a let-your-hair-down hoofer.

The vast contrast between the characters of these 2 women was, of course, supposed to help heighten the overall comic possibilities of the story. But, I found that this film needed much-much more than that to encourage any genuine laughter out of me.

I really don't have much more to say about The Captain's Paradise, except to add that its story was atrociously predictable on all counts.

Perhaps if you're a fan of British cinema of the 1950s, then you'll enjoy this one more than I did.


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