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Captain Blood -- An enslaved English doctor and his comrades in chains escape and become pirates of the Robin Hood variety.


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Rafael Sabatini (by)
Casey Robinson (screen play)
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Release Date:
28 December 1935 (USA) See more »
THE MOST MAGNIFICENT & THRILLING SEA ADVENTURE EVER FILMED (original print ad - all caps) See more »
After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. See more »
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Swashbuckling Triumph for Errol Flynn! See more (104 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Peter Blood

Olivia de Havilland ... Arabella Bishop

Lionel Atwill ... Colonel Bishop

Basil Rathbone ... Levasseur

Ross Alexander ... Jeremy Pitt

Guy Kibbee ... Hagthorpe

Henry Stephenson ... Lord Willoughby

Robert Barrat ... Wolverstone

Hobart Cavanaugh ... Dr. Bronson

Donald Meek ... Dr. Whacker

Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Barlow

Forrester Harvey ... Honesty Nuttall

Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Rev. Ogle

Holmes Herbert ... Capt. Gardner

David Torrence ... Andrew Baynes

J. Carrol Naish ... Cahusac (as J. Carroll Naish)

Pedro de Cordoba ... Don Diego
George Hassell ... Governor Steed

Harry Cording ... Kent

Leonard Mudie ... Baron Jeffreys

Ivan F. Simpson ... Prosecutor (as Ivan Simpson)
Stuart Casey ... Capt. Hobart
David Cavendish ... Lord Gildoy (as Dennis D. Auburn)
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Steed

E.E. Clive ... Clerk of the Court

Colin Kenny ... Lord Chester Dyke
Maude Leslie ... Mrs. Baynes

Gardner James ... Slave

Vernon Steele ... King James
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gene Alsace ... Oliver Clark - Pirate (uncredited)
Sam Appel ... Gunner (uncredited)
Reginald Barlow ... Dixon (uncredited)

Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Governor's Attendant (uncredited)
Wayne Castle ... One-Legged Pirate (uncredited)

Yola d'Avril ... Girl in Tavern (uncredited)
Florence Fair ... Woman with Baby (uncredited)
Halliwell Hobbes ... Lord Sunderland (uncredited)

Murray Kinnell ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... French Officer (uncredited)
Chris-Pin Martin ... Sentry (uncredited)

Jim Mason ... Pirate (uncredited)

Tina Menard ... Girl in Tavern (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Pirate (uncredited)

Kansas Moehring ... Pirate (uncredited)

John Northpole ... Pirate (uncredited)

Artie Ortego ... Pirate (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... David Sampson - Pirate (uncredited)

Paul Panzer ... Pirate (uncredited)

Frank Puglia ... French Officer (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... French Captain (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Pirate (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Pirate (uncredited)

Tom Steele ... Pirate (uncredited)

Jim Thorpe ... Pirate (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Lookout on English Ship (uncredited)
Renee Torres ... Girl in Tavern (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Pirate (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Pirate (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... Pirate (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
Writing credits
Rafael Sabatini (by)

Casey Robinson (screen play)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... producer (uncredited)
Gordon Hollingshead .... producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (photography)
Hal Mohr (photography)
Film Editing by
George Amy (edited by)
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Robey Cooper .... props (uncredited)
Harper Goff .... set designer (uncredited)
John More .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Nathan Levinson .... sound director (uncredited)
C.A. Riggs .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Fred Jackman .... special photographic effects
Gene Alsace .... stunts (uncredited)
Iron Eyes Cody .... stunts (uncredited)
Harry Dean .... stunts (uncredited)
Kansas Moehring .... stunts (uncredited)
Artie Ortego .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Pina .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Silver .... stunts (uncredited)
Si Slocum .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford .... stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William Classen .... grip (uncredited)
Bob Davis .... assistant camera (uncredited)
L. De Angelis .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alan Ladd .... grip (uncredited)
Buddy Longworth .... still photographer (uncredited)
Mickey Marigold .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Surtees .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Erich Wolfgang Korngold .... musical arrangements
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Milan Roder .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Milan Roder .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Stanley Logan .... dialogue director
Fred Applegate .... continuity (uncredited)
Len Boyd .... publicist (uncredited)
Fred Cavens .... fencing master (uncredited)
Herzl Effensachs .... marine director (uncredited)
Herzl Effensachs .... water safety (uncredited)
Charles Farmer .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ralph Faulkner .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Robert Lord .... supervisor (uncredited)
Ann Robinson .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jean Sepulveda .... stand-in (uncredited)
Bob Splane .... stand-in (uncredited)
Clarence Wertz .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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119 min | USA:99 min (re-release) | West Germany:105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:K-12 (1949) | Finland:K-16 (1936) | Netherlands:14 (re-rating) (1950) (one cut) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1936) (passed with cuts) | New Zealand:PG | Sweden:Btl (cut) | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #1552) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (nf) (cut)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Factual errors: The Spanish pirate ship is shown flying a flag similar to the modern Spanish flag. The earliest use of this flag was 1783 for naval purposes, well over one hundred before the time shown. The correct flag at the time of the movie would be the Cross of Burgundy.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) (V)See more »
Fugal Episode from PrometheusSee more »


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68 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Swashbuckling Triumph for Errol Flynn!, 15 August 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

CAPTAIN BLOOD, Warners' 1935 remake of a popular 1924 silent film, is best remembered today as Errol Flynn's springboard to stardom, and the first of a series of classic swashbucklers from the studio. Yet the film was nearly shelved, and it's story is as entertaining as the film.

Intended to attract the same audience that had made MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY and TREASURE ISLAND box office hits, the film boasted great production values, a talented director (Michael Curtiz), a musical score from Hollywood's greatest composer (Erich Wolfgang Korngold, although time limitations forced him to borrow heavily from Franz Liszt), the captivating beauty of young Olivia de Havilland (in only her fourth film), and, originally, the respected British actor (and future Oscar winner) Robert Donat as physician-turned-pirate Peter Blood. Donat, however, had chronic health problems (which would, sadly, eventually curtail his film career), and Warners faced a major production starting date with no leading man.

Legend has it that Jack Warner's wife recommended young Errol Flynn (just 26 at the time) for the role; she had described him as the most "gorgeous" man she'd ever seen, and helped convince the studio to bring him from England, where he was doing repertory theater, after several years of hell-raising around the world. His largest American role, to date, had been as a corpse in a Perry Mason B-movie, but his sexual conquests and social life were already becoming legendary, and he and new wife, actress Lili Damita, were constantly promoting the young actor around town. The studio finally decided to take a chance on the untested actor in the lead (budget-wise, picking a low-paid contract player was a smart financial move)...but it initially appeared to be a MAJOR blunder, as Flynn looked tense and amateurish in the dailies. Director Curtiz was unfazed, however, and worked with him, and gradually the actor developed confidence. Word spread around the studio that a charismatic new star was emerging, and the first few days' scenes were scrapped and re-shot. By the end of the hugely favorable test screenings, Warners knew it had finally had a bona-fide sex symbol of their own, who could compete for female audiences against Gable, Cooper, and Cary Grant. Errol Flynn had inherited Douglas Fairbanks' title of premier swashbuckler, and had done it with only one film!

CAPTAIN BLOOD may lack the opulence of THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD and THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, and the pure adventure value of THE SEA HAWK, but without this pirate saga, and the dynamic star it introduced, the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood may never have seen these subsequent classics reach the screen. CAPTAIN BLOOD has earned a place in film history that cannot be underrated.

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