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Captain Caution (1940)

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When her father dies, a young woman helps a young man take command of the ship to fight the British during the war of 1812.

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Lieut. Strope
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Mr. Potter
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Fish Peddler (as Pat O'Malley)
Lloyd Corrigan ...
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Capt. Decatur
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When her father dies, a young woman helps a young man take command of the ship to fight the British during the war of 1812.

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9 August 1940 (USA)  »

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El capitán cautela  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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J. Pat O'Malley's first film. See more »

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Shown at beginning of film: In the early days, the life of a freighter was fraught with perils. Of these, none had a more unique experience than the American bark Olive Branch, which, on August 4, 1812, was one hundred and eight days out of port, bound from China to her home in Arundel, Maine. See more »

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On a Little Island by a Sun-Lit Sea
(1940)
(Published as "On a Little Island by a Sunlit Sea")
Music by Phil Ohman
Lyrics by Foster Carling
Played on a lute and sung by El Brendel (uncredited)
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Kenneth Roberts story gets "B" film treatment...
20 February 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

VICTOR MATURE was an actor on the rise in the early '40s and here he gets his star turn in what is essentially a "B" picture, more lavish in its appearance than most low-budget films, and interesting because it gives us a glimpse of the early ALAN LADD in the background. LOUISE PLATT is too demure in appearance to play the spitfire type the script designates, as the feisty daughter of slain sea captain ROBERT BARRAT.

BRUCE CABOT and LEO CARRILLO are among the Americans that get caught up in the skirmish aboard ship when the British attack during the War of 1812. The action sequences are robust enough but sub-standard in presentation. Cabot plays his usual role as a scheming villain with romantic notions about the captain's daughter and Carrillo is supposed to serve as comedy relief but gets on the nerves with his accent and obvious comic ways.

With plot complications that are typical of Kenneth Roberts' historical novels, none of it stirs more than ordinary interest--routine film-making at best from the Hal Roach studios.

Summing up: Action film ruined by a boring cast of cardboard characters not worth caring about and a very miscast leading lady.


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