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Captain Caution (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 9 August 1940 (USA)
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.



(novel), (screen play)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Dorman
Lieut. Strope
El Brendel ...
Andrew Tombes ...
Sad Eyes
Mr. Potter
Fish Peddler (as Pat O'Malley)
Capt. Stannage
Ted Osborne ...
Capt. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Captain Fury  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the 1946 re-release, Alan Ladd, who was virtually unknown when the film was made, and only had a secondary supporting role in the proceedings, was raised to co-star billing in the revised advertising campaign. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »


Que Voulez-Vous?
(published as "Que Voulez Vous?")
Music by Phil Ohman
Lyrics by Foster Carling
Played on a lute and sung by Vivienne Osborne (uncredited)
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All a-Bored
12 August 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – 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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