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Paradise Lagoon(1958)

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The title on the viewed print was Paradise Lagoon, which was the American release title. The picture had been released previously in Great Britain under the title The Admirable Crichton, and many contemporary American sources reviewed it under that title. The opening and closing cast credits differ slightly in order. Sally Ann Howes's onscreen credit reads "and Sally Ann Howes as Lady Mary." Lewis Gilbert's onscreen credit reads "adapted and directed by."
       According to a January 1952 New York Times news item, Sir Alexander Korda, who had owned the rights to James Barrie's play for several years, was ready to start production on a film which was to be directed by Sidney Gilliat and star Rex Harrison. By January 1956, a Hollywood Reporter news item noted that producer Mike Todd had optioned Barrie's play, and was intending to star Robert Newton and Cantnflas in a film version. In April 1956, a Hollywood Reporter news item stated that Korda was to produce the picture and that Michael Pertwee was to write the screen adaptation. The extent of Pertwee's contribution to the released film has not been determined, however.
       Hollywood Reporter production charts note that locations were filmed in Bermuda and that studio filming was done at the London Films Studio at Shepperton, England. A November 1964 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Columbia was financing another film based on Barrie's play which was to star Sean Connery, but that version was never made. For other films based on Barrie's play see entry for the 1919 Famous Players-Lasky Corp. film Male and Female in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20.