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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 »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Marvin
Vivienne Osborne ...
Lieut. Strope
Andrew Tombes ...
Sad Eyes
Mr. Potter
Fish Peddler (as Pat O'Malley)
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Capt. Stannage
Ted Osborne ...


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?


This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 25 July 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Tuesday 27 June 1950 on WNBT (Channel 4), as part of the series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. Its New York City telecast was most likely delayed in order to protect the theatrical engagements of its re-release in tandem with Captain Fury (1939) which were still in progress. 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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Starts off pretty well but soon bogs down into a dull and pretty silly story
26 February 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The first few minutes of this film hooked me and I had hopes that it would be an excellent film. After all, the idea of a film set during the War of 1812 was intriguing--this is a subject rarely talked about in movies. However, after a short time, it became obvious that the film was high on the anachronism factor--in other words, having people behaving totally uncharacteristically from that time period. The notion of a lady sea captain setting off to attack and punish the British just never would have or could have happened in 1812. While this was silly, it still didn't mean the film couldn't have been exciting. Unfortunately, even if you ignore this plot problem, about a half hour into the film it also became amazingly dull and talky. Instead of an Errol Flynn-style adventure film, it just all ground to an almost complete halt. Sure, it picked up for the rousing conclusion, but by then I had really lost interest and just wanted the whole thing to end due to poor writing. Plus, in this conclusion, it made fighting in a naval battle look FUN! This "fun" element is pretty stupid as well as a bit disturbing--and further evidence it is a mediocre film.

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