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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Marvin
Louise Platt ...
Leo Carrillo ...
Robert Barrat ...
Vivienne Osborne ...
Victorine Argandeau
Miles Mander ...
Lieut. Strope
El Brendel ...
Roscoe Ates ...
Andrew Tombes ...
Sad Eyes
Aubrey Mather ...
Sir Henry Potter
Fish Peddler (as Pat O'Malley)
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Capt. Stannage
Ted Osborne ...
Lt. Stephen Decatur


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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Release Date:

9 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Music by Phil Ohman
Lyrics by Foster Carling
Played on a lute by El Brendel (uncredited) and sung by him, Bud Jamison (uncredited), Roscoe Ates (uncredited) and other crew members
Reprised by prisoners in the brig
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12 August 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This misty, seafaring film looks and sounds very beautiful, and atmospheric. I just couldn't get involved with the story; and found the acting fantastically uneven. I can imagine the direction given to Victor Mature before he enters the French tavern - "Enter left and look startled!" - The ship had a sort of "beatnik/hippie" type character on board. The French waitress was cast against type, I though. The characters really treat her poorly! I wonder, is the film's message that women are "bad luck"? It's a fair film - probably, kids in theaters would have enjoyed spending an afternoon in the theater on the "Captain Caution" ship. If I was a 10-year-old kid boy the '40s, I would have liked this movie more.

**** Captain Caution (1940) Richard Wallace ~ Victor Mature, Louise Platt, Leo Carrillo

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