The Captain’s Paradise (1953)
In this delightful British comedy, Alec Guinness is Henry St. James, the captain of a steam ship between Gibraltar and North Africa. In North Africa waits his wife Nita (Yvonne de Carlo), a beautiful hot blooded spitfire with whom he dances the nights away and drinks champagne. In Gibraltar waits his prim and proper wife Maud (Celia Johnson) – a woman delighted with a new vacuum cleaner as an anniversary gift.
With Maud, St. James has home cooked meals and a mug of hot chocolate before promptly turning in at 10:00. The only one in on the captain’s double life is his envious first mate. All is well until each woman begins to want what the other has. All three leads are completely winning and surprising.