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Paradise Lagoon (1957)

The Admirable Crichton (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 16 December 1957 (USA)
In 1905, Lord Henry Loam, his family and his servants are shipwrecked on a deserted island where the survival of the fittest renders the rigid class system irrelevant.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Vernon Harris (screenplay), J.M. Barrie (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth More ... Crichton
Diane Cilento ... Tweeny
Cecil Parker ... Lord Loam
Sally Ann Howes ... Lady Mary
Martita Hunt ... Lady Brocklehurst
Jack Watling ... Treherne
Peter Graves ... Brocklehurst
Gerald Harper Gerald Harper ... Ernest
Mercy Haystead Mercy Haystead ... Catherine
Miranda Connell Miranda Connell ... Agatha
Miles Malleson ... Vicar
Eddie Byrne ... Captain
Joan Young Joan Young ... Mrs. Perkins
Brenda Hogan Brenda Hogan ... Fisher
Peter Welch ... Rolleston
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Storyline

Lord Loam has modern ideas about his household; he believes in treating his servants as his equals - at least sometimes. His butler, Crichton, still believes that members of the serving class should know their place and be happy there. But when the Loam family are shipwrecked on a desert island with the self-reliant Crichton and between maid Tweeny, the class system is put to the test. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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The Hilarious Story of What the Girls Saw in the Butler... See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paradise Lagoon See more »

Filming Locations:

Bermuda See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Modern Screen Play See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

For much of his role as Bill Crichton, Kenneth More was filmed from the waist up to hide the fact that he was wearing shorts with his dinner-jacket because of the heat during filming. See more »

Goofs

When land is first sighted, Tweeny has only one arm on the oar when the binoculars are passed to Crichton. In the next shot, when Crichton is looking through the binoculars, she has both arms on the oar. See more »

Quotes

Lady Mary: Why don't you come deer hunting with me sometime?
Bill Crichton: Ooh! I might find myself chasing the wrong dear.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LOAM HALL ENGLAND 1905 See more »

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Version of The Admirable Crichton (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Molly Malone
(uncredited)
Generally regarded as a traditional song, but lyrics are sometimes attributed to James Yorkston with music arranged by Edmund Forman
Sung by Cecil Parker (Lord Loam) on the island
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Role reversal served on silver platters of charm
6 May 2019 | by shakercoolaSee all my reviews

A British comedy about an aristocrat and his haughty British family who become stranded on a desert island with their servants. The pressures of island existence soon result in a reversal of the social order. This is a handsome adaptation, a delightful comedy, charming and fun. Kenneth More is less than fully versatile in his role as the butler knowing and enjoying his place, but he shines in female company. Diane Cilento as maid Eliza proves entertaining, as does Martita Hunt as the grand Lady Brocklehurst. Cecil Parker is also brilliant as the Earl. The story is rather simple, less of a satire and more a gentle assault on the British class system. It is well photographed and colourful with lots of humorous props and a touch of romance which helps move the story along.


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