The yarn is done in an almost continuous flashback. In the opening scene Alec Guinness, a ship’s captain, is facing a firing squad in North Africa. Back on his ship the first officer begins to explain the philosophy behind Guinness’ mode of life. It appears that ever since his childhood Guinness has been in search of paradise, and eventually he finds it by having a wife in Gibraltar who satisfies his domestic yearning and a diversion in North Africa who panders to the more exotic things in life.
The original story by Alec Coppel has been subtly translated to celluloid by the author in conjunction with Nicholas Phipps. It takes some little time for the plot to emerge. But once the theme is established, the situation is developed with good clean fun and satire.
The role of the paradise-seeking captain is a natural for Guinness while the two women in his life are admirably portrayed by Yvonne De Carlo and Celia Johnson. The former’s performance as a high-spirited girl is in perfect contrast to Johnson’s interpretation of the sedate British housewife.
Popular on Variety
Of the supporting cast, Charles Goldner has the prize role as the chief officer, a man anxious to emulate his chief.