The Admirable Crichton
(vt Paradise Lagoon) is a 1957 British comedy film
directed by Lewis Gilbert
and starring Kenneth More
, Diane Cilento
, Sally Ann Howes
and Cecil Parker
. The film was based on J. M. Barrie
's 1902 stage comedy of the same name
stars as William Crichton, the highly knowledgeable and efficient butler
in the London household of the Earl of Loam and his family. Though Crichton is the true master of the household, he knows his place, honouring the tightly regulated social structure of late-nineteenth century England.
On a trip on the Earl's steam yacht
to the South Seas, the family and its servants are shipwrecked. The family become marooned on a desert island, and only Crichton proves to have the skills and resourcefulness to keep everyone alive. Within a few months, the social order has been reversed: Crichton, who becomes affectionately known as 'Guv', takes control of affairs, while his former employers become his willing and eager servants. Lady Mary (Sally Ann Howes
), assuming that she will never be able to return to her proper fiancé, falls in love with Crichton, but he is also loved by Eliza, the former 'Tweeny' (in-between maid). Lord Loam is known to all as 'Daddy' and happily serves as Crichton's valet.
As Crichton and Mary are about to be married (to Eliza's great distress), a rescue ship is sighted. The group is undecided whether to light the signal fire until Crichton does so.
The castaways are rescued and return to... Read More