The 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.


Anthony Kimmins


Alec Coppel (screenplay), Nicholas Phipps (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... Captain Henry St. James
Peter Bull ... Kalikan Officer
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Ricco
Miles Malleson ... Lawrence St. James
Claudia Grey Claudia Grey ... Susan Daley
Ann Heffernan Ann Heffernan ... Daphne Bligh
Arthur Gomez Arthur Gomez ... Chief Steward
Ferdy Mayne ... The Sheikh
George Benson George Benson ... Mr. Salmon
Joss Ambler ... Prof. Ebbart
Victor Fairley Victor Fairley ... 1st Customs Official
Michael Balfour ... 2nd Customs Official
Robert Adair Robert Adair ... 3rd Customs Official
Sebastian Cabot ... Ali
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Absalom


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 {J-26}

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Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


Became the 1958 Broadway musical "Oh, Captain!" with music and lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans and the book by Al Morgan and José Ferrer. The original cast included Tony Randall as Captain Henry St. James, Abbe Lane, Susan Johnson, Jackie McKeever, Edward Platt, Paul Valentine, and Stanley Carlson. José Ferrer directed. See more »


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 »


Capt. Henry St. James: [referring to his two wives] That, Rico, is my solution to man's happiness on Earth. Two happy women, each in their way perfect, and in between the company of men, the clash of intellects to stimulate the mind.
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Alternate Versions

Some prints of "The Captain's Paradise" run 77 minutes. See more »


Remade as Coffee, Tea or Me? (1973) See more »

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A true comic delight....
22 July 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

It is difficult to choose among the many comic films put out by the Ealing Studios in the 50's & 60's, but The Captain's Paradise ranks right up there. Alec Guinness is at the top of his comic form as the smug Captain Saint James, whose deviously constructed 'paradise' comes crashing down around him. The story, like all the best comedies, is really a morality tale, with the captain getting his comeuppance, but, in the end, still foxily escaping final judgement. A sparklingly witty script and fine ensemble acting make this one a must-see for devotees of British comedy. I never tire of watching this one.

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Release Date:

28 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Captain's Paradise See more »

Filming Locations:

Gibraltar See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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