The Captain's Paradise

The Captain's Paradise

Infobox Film
name = The Captain's Paradise

caption =
director = Anthony Kimmins
producer = Anthony Kimmins
writer = Alec Coppell
Nicholas Phipps
starring = Alec Guinness
Celia Johnson
Yvonne De Carlo
music = Malcolm Arnold
cinematography = Edward Scaife
editing =
distributor = British Lion Films
released = June 9, 1953
runtime = 93 min.
country = UK
language = English
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
imdb_id = 0045607

The Captain's Paradise is a 1953 British film comedy starring Alec Guinness and directed by Anthony Kimmins. It is set in Gibraltar and northern Morocco, and on a ship that travels between them.

In 1958, the film was made into a Broadway musical comedy, retitled "Oh, Captain!".

Plot summary

Captain Henry St. James (Alec Guinness), a prosperous seafaring man, is a bigamist, maintaining households at either end of the route his ship takes every few days. On Gibraltar, he lives with quiet, very domestic Maud (Celia Johnson); he comes home to find his pipe and slippers ready for him, and his adoring wife in the kitchen preparing his dinner. He sits cosily in his armchair, reads the papers and relaxes. In Morocco on the other hand, his wife Nita (Yvonne de Carlo) is a hot-blooded, exotic lady, who shuns housework and prefers to be taken out to noisy, crowded restaurants, where they lead a loud and wild lifestyle.

Over time, the two begin to reverse their roles - Maud expresses a desire to go out and paint the town red, while Nita wants to stay home and cook for her man. Henry wants things to stay just the way they have been, and his attempts to maintain the status quo lead to comical results.

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