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The Demi-Paradise

Ivan Kouznetsoff, a Russian engineer, recounts during World War II his stay in England prior to the war working on a new propeller for ice-breaking ships. Naïve about British people and convinced by hearsay that they are shallow and hypocritical, Ivan is both bemused and amused by them. He is blunt in his opinions about Britons and at first this puts off his hosts, including the lovely Ann Tisdall, whose grandfather runs the shipbuilding firm that will make use of Ivan's propeller. The longer Ivan stays, however, the more he comes to understand the humor, warmth, strength, and conviction of the British people, and the more they come to see him as a friend rather than merely a suspicious Russian. As a romantic bond grows between Ivan and Ann, a cultural bond begins to grow as well, particularly as the war begins and Russia is attacked by Germany.

Credits

The Demi-Paradise Cast

Name Character
Laurence Olivier He was 35, 82 years old when he died
Felix Aylmer He was 53, 90 years old when he died as Mr. Runalow
John Laurie He was 45, 83 years old when he died as Wounded Sailor
Brian Nissen He was 15, 73 years old when he died as George Tisdall
Everley Gregg She was 42, 58 years old when she died as Mrs. Flannel
Muriel Aked She was 59, 71 years old when she died as Mrs. Tisdall-Stanton
Miles Malleson He was 54, 80 years old when he died as Theatre Cashier
Aubrey Mallalieu He was 69, 74 years old when he died as Toomes, the Butler
John Boxer He was 17, 57 years old when he died as British Sailor
Joyce Grenfell She was 32, 69 years old when she died as Sybil Paulson
Edie Martin She was 63, 84 years old when she died as Miss Winifred Tisdall
Marie Ault She was 72, 80 years old when she died as Mrs. Jones
Johnnie Schofield He was 44, 56 years old when he died as Ernie
Margaret Rutherford She was 50, 80 years old when she died as Rowena Ventnor
George Cole He was 17, 90 years old when he died as Percy
Charles Paton He was 68, 95 years old when he died as Mr. Bishop
George Thorpe He was 34, 76 years old when he died as Herbert Tisdall
Ben Williams He was 51, 68 years old when he died as Heckler
Michael Shepley He was 35, 53 years old when he died as Mr. Walford
Ian Wilson He was 3, now 85 years old as Army Bandmaster
Gladys Henson She was 45, 85 years old when she died as Mrs. Frost
Niall MacGinnis He was 29, 63 years old when he died as Man on Ship-Dedication Stand
Margaret Withers She was 49, 84 years old when she died as Mrs. Elliston
Harry Fowler He was 16, 85 years old when he died as Small Boy (An Evacuee)
Marjorie Fielding She was 50, 64 years old when she died
Leslie Henson She was 51, 66 years old when she died as Himself
Wilfrid Hyde-White He was 39, 87 years old when he died as Nightclub Waiter
Guy Middleton He was 35, 65 years old when he died as Dick Christian
George Street as Heckler
Penelope Dudley-Ward She was 28, 67 years old when she died
Marian Spencer She was 22, 61 years old when she died as Mrs. Teddy Beckett
David Keir He was 59, 87 years old when he died as Jordan
Jack Watling He was 19, 78 years old when he died as Tom

The Demi-Paradise Crew

Name Department
Bernard Knowles as Director of Photography. He was 42 (74) years old when He died Camera
Anatole de Grunwald as Producer. He was 32 (56) years old when He died Production
Anatole de Grunwald as Writer. He was 32 (56) years old when He died Writing
Nicholas Brodszky as Original Music Composer. He was 37 (53) years old when He died Sound
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The Demi-Paradise (80 years)

  • Release day: Thursday, November 18, 1943
  • Runtime: 114 minutes