The Captain's Paradise

The Captain's Paradise

DVD - 2002
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Sir Alec Guinesss is Henry St. James, the captain of an international ferry boat who has discovered the secret to the perfect double life : in Gibraltar, he enjoys domestic bliss with his dutiful British housewife (Celia Johnson), while in Tangier he is married to a hot-blooded Spanish vixen (Yvonne DeCarlo). But when the Captain gets careless with anniversary gifts, his personal paradise sails into some very unexpected surprises.
Publisher: Troy, MI : Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2002
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 CAP
DVD 791.4372
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : Dolby digital mono sd., b+w. ; 4 3/4 in


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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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