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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.

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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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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 »

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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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Fast-moving
12 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

An early Victor Mature effort, CAPTAIN CAUTION tells the tale of a merchant vessel assaulted by the British at the start of the War of 1812. The vessel's captain is killed and his daughter (so-so actress Louise Platt) assumes command. She decides to pursue the British and is given the choice of Mature or Bruce (KING KONG) Cabot for first mate. The spot goes to Cabot, who turns out to be a privateer in the employ of the highest bidder, in this case the British. He convinces her to head for France rather than America, and once in port, the ship is taken. She unwisely stays with Cabot, who is now planning to sail for America, while Mature and his loyal followers are held prisoner. With the help of a very young Alan Ladd, Mature and the boys escape and pursue Cabot's ship. As you can imagine, the action never stops and the battle scenes are eye-popping even in black and white. Taken from a Kenneth Roberts novel, CAPTAIN CAUTION is a forgotten mini-masterpiece that only falls down whenever the leading lady takes center stage. But the young Victor Mature is pretty impressive in his two-fisted role and Cabot plays his traitor role just subtly enough to convince even the most jaded moviegoer. Plus the wonderful Leo (CISCO KID) Carillo is aboard for comic relief. Too bad the film wasn't shot in color.


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