Captain Blood (1935)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Adventure  |  28 December 1935 (USA)
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An enslaved doctor and his comrades in chains escape and become pirates of the Caribbean.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Stephenson ...
Robert Barrat ...
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Dr. Bronson
Dr. Whacker
Jessie Ralph ...
Mrs. Barlow
Forrester Harvey ...
Honesty Nuttall
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...
Rev. Ogle
Holmes Herbert ...
Capt. Gardner
David Torrence ...
Andrew Baynes


Arrested during the Monmouth Rebellion and falsely convicted of treason, Dr. Peter Blood is banished to the West Indies and sold into slavery. In Port Royal, Jamaica the Governor's daughter Arabella Bishop buys him for £10 to spite her uncle, Col. Bishop who owns a major plantation. Life is hard for the men and for Blood as well. By chance he treats the Governor's gout and is soon part of the medical service. He dreams of freedom and when the opportunity strikes, he and his friends rebel taking over a Spanish ship that has attacked the city. Soon, they are the most feared pirates on the seas, men without a country attacking all ships. When Arabella is prisoner, Blood decides to return her to Port Royal only to find that it is under the control of England's new enemy, France. All of them must decide if they are to fight for their new King. Written by garykmcd

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THE MOST MAGNIFICENT & THRILLING SEA ADVENTURE EVER FILMED (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

28 December 1935 (USA)  »

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Capitaine Blood  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Errol Flynn's son Sean Flynn later played Captain Blood's son Robert Blood in The Son of Captain Blood (1962). See more »


When Peter Blood visits the two doctors in Port Royal, he puts his hat on one of the doctors' desks on the side furthest from the door. When he leaves, he walks to the door without picking up the hat, and as he turns at the door his hat can still be seen on the desk where he put it. But in the same shot his hat suddenly appears on his head and he doffs it to the doctors before walking out of the door. See more »


[first lines]
Jeremy Pitt: Doctor Blood! Doctor Blood!
Mrs. Barlow: Who, who is it?
Dr. Peter Blood: That we'll know better when you've opened the door.
Mrs. Barlow: Me?
Dr. Peter Blood: My mistake, after I've opened the door.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Errol Flynn (1961) See more »


Fugal Episode from Prometheus
(1850, revised 1855) (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Liszt
Adapted and Re-orchestrated by Hugo Friedhofer and Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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21 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not that big on pirate movies and I thought this might be overrated.....but I was wrong. This is good stuff and I wonder if a more realistic pirate movie has ever been made.

This was Errol Flynn's first starring role and it sure got him off to a flying start. Few actors have ever played the "dashing hero" as well as Flynn. Despite being almost "worship idol" status by women, he is still comes across as a "man's man," and that all started with this film.

What I liked best about this was that the story stood out more than the action or the romance. Many times classic films overdid the latter, producing lulls in what was considered an adventure story. That's not the case here. It also isn't the typical clichéd pirate film in which the captain is seen with an eye patch and a parrot on his shoulder.

This is nothing fancy, just a just solid story.....period, which is probably why it holds up so well over 70 years later!

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