Monday, November 9, 2015

The Captain's Paradise (1953)

Director: Anthony Kimmins

Writers: Alec Coppel Nicholas Phipps

Composer: Malcolm Arnold

Starring: Alec Guinness, Yvonne De Carlo, Celia Johnson, Charles Goldner, Miles Malleson, Walter Crisham, Nicholas Phipps, Sebastian Cabot, Peter Bull

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He makes two-timing an art...and gets away with it

Plot: The bigamist 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.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.

It seems that a lot of these English comedies from the 50s are nice and pleasant.  You may not find yourself laughing out loud (much or at all) but they're cute and enjoyable on one level that leaves you feeling a little better than you were 90 minutes earlier.  Henry (Guinness) is living the dream when it comes to dames and for a couple of years he's been able to get away with living a double life. When it starts to unravel it doesn't turn to farce, like you might see in a Hollywood picture, but it becomes a slow downward spiral to an amusing finale.  It's not a picture that's really going to stand out in Guinness's catalog but it's certainly worth watching.  You know you're doing something right when you're married to Yvonne De Carlo.  Hubba hubba.  It's a light, refreshing comedy that just might hit the spot on some lazy Sunday afternoon.

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