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Captain Blood (1935)

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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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His sword carved his name across the continents - and his glory across the seas! See more »


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Release Date:

28 December 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capitaine Blood  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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No full-sized ships were used in the battle scenes. It was created by a combination of process shots, miniatures, and footage from the silent film, The Sea Hawk (1924), which was based on another Rafael Sabatini novel. See more »


During the final battle, Captain Blood's ship hoists a Union Jack flag, not in use until after the Act of Union in 1701. The scene takes place in 1689 (shortly after William III and Mary II take the throne). The correct flag should be the Cross of St. George (red cross on white background). 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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Full-blooded pirate adventure!
5 December 1998 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Flynn's first starring role in Hollywood! This is a lavish, knock-you-silly gorgeous production with a solid, book-based plot, packed with action, salt water, swordplay AND hordes of pirates "celebrating in pirate fashion" (!). Flynn and de Havilland spark as they spar in the best love-hate mode, and this time, when she inadvisedly condescends to him in his slavery, his pride is as involved as hers. Suave, deadly French pirate captain Rathbone's betrayal of Flynn makes their thrilling, fated-from-the-start duel very satisfying indeed. The icing on the cake -- Flynn at his slim, youthful, sexy freshest, so beautiful he breaks your heart!

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