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Kenneth Roberts (novel)
Grover Jones (screen play)
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Release Date:
9 August 1940 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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CAPTAIN CAUTION (Richard Wallace, 1940) **1/2 See more (8 total) »


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Victor Mature ... Dan Marvin
Louise Platt ... Corunna
Leo Carrillo ... Argandeau

Bruce Cabot ... Slade
Robert Barrat ... Capt. Dorman
Vivienne Osborne ... Victorine

Miles Mander ... Lieut. Strope
El Brendel ... Slushy
Roscoe Ates ... Chips
Andrew Tombes ... Sad Eyes
Aubrey Mather ... Mr. Potter

Alan Ladd ... Newton

J. Pat O'Malley ... Fish Peddler (as Pat O'Malley)
Lloyd Corrigan ... Capt. Stannage
Ted Osborne ... Capt. Decatur
Ann Codee ... Landlady
Romaine Callender ... English Officer
Pierre Watkin ... American Consul
Clifford Severn ... Travers (as Clifford Severn Jr.)
Bud Jamison ... Blinks
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Billings ... Prisoner in Brig (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Tough Sailor in Brig (uncredited)
Sven Hugo Borg ... Sailor (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Sailor (uncredited)
Jack Curtis ... Sailor (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... French Officer (uncredited)
James Dime ... Sailor / Barfly in Pub (uncredited)
Martin Faust ... Marty - Lookout (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Sailor (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Sailor (uncredited)
John George ... Sailor (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... English Ship's Brig Officer (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Stannage's Officer Aide (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Jim - English Ship's Brig Officer (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen ... Mr. Furneaux - Slade's Mate (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Prisoner in Brig (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Sailor Drinking Emetic (uncredited)
Colin Mackenzie ... Sailor (uncredited)
Anthony Marsh ... Lt. Briggs (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... French Seaman in Pub (uncredited)
Gene Morgan ... Hatch (uncredited)
Carl Mudge ... Sailor (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... English Sailor Who Pleads for Water (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Sailor (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Barfly in Pub (uncredited)
William Sundholm ... Bill - a Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Wallace 
Writing credits
Kenneth Roberts (novel "Captain Caution")

Grover Jones (screen play)

Produced by
Grover Jones .... producer (uncredited)
Hal Roach .... executive producer (uncredited)
Richard Wallace .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Phil Ohman (musical score by)
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James E. Newcom (edited by) (as James Newcom)
Art Direction by
Nicolai Remisoff 
Set Decoration by
William Stevens (set decorations) (as W.L. Stevens)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harve Foster .... assistant director
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Charles D. Hall .... special effects photography designed by
Roy Seawright .... special effects photography
Frank Young .... special effects photographed by
George Suzanne .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Walter Plunkett .... wardrobe
Music Department
Foster Carling .... lyrics by
Phil Ohman .... music by
Irvin Talbot .... orchestra conductor
Other crew
Bernard Carr .... associate director
Hal Roach .... presenter
Richard Talmadge .... associate director
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
86 min | West Germany:79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #6439) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
CAPTAIN CAUTION (Richard Wallace, 1940) **1/2, 24 November 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This is one of a multitude of films (usually of the swashbuckling-adventure variety) whose title is “Captain” someone or other; its executive producer Hal Roach had himself just directed CAPTAIN FURY (1939) which, like the film under review, I should also be watching projected on a big screen in the near future. In fact, this is my third such venture to a private theater – which appointments are frequently organized by a mutual friend of the owner (a collector of classic films on 16 and 35mm) and mine – after THE SILVER CHALICE (1954) and THE VEILS OF BAGHDAD (1953); for the record, next up should be the similarly seafaring but Technicolored RAIDERS OF THE SEVEN SEAS (1953).

Victor Mature’s third film has him in dashing form as the rugged yet peace-loving navigator hero of the title (dubbed so by the heroine herself) who’s forced into action when his on-off fiancée’s captain father is killed in battle by the British Navy during the1812 War. The daughter, who also takes her father’s place on the ship and makes some unwise alliances, is played by Louise Platt – best-known as the child-bearing snob in John Ford’s STAGECOACH (1939) – and, while being fairly decent in the role, she evidently lacks the charisma and magnetism of a Maureen O’Hara (who would later make that kind of part her own).

The film (whose director would later also helm the Douglas Fairbanks Jr. vehicle SINBAD THE SAILOR [1947]) itself, while generally fast-paced and entertaining, is clearly below the standard of the far classier stuff Errol Flynn was concurrently filming at Warner Bros.; still, it strives to rise above these B-movie origins by packing as much action as it possibly can into the trim 85-minutes running-time – including a gladiatorial bout between Mature and a hulking, laughing brute aboard an English ship for the amusement of the aristocrats (actually serving as cover for an escape attempt below deck), and many energetic fistfights between sailors and pirates of opposing nations.

The characters are mostly caricatures – a duplicitous first mate, a stuttering stooge, a mandolin-playing immigrant, a womanizing Frenchman and his shrewish wife, a constantly grumbling old sea-hand, etc. – but the cast is interesting enough (Bruce Cabot, Leo Carillo, Roscoe Ates, Aubrey Mather and even a bearded Alan Ladd as a rabble-rousing prisoner) to keep one watching nonetheless. The condition of the print was (understandably) hardly optimal given the film’s age and status, with the hiss-filled soundtrack and some wobbly images being particular liabilities; however, as long as films of this vintage don’t appear on DVD (though TCM USA does occasionally screen such unassuming but undeniably fun fare), I’ll take any option that’s available to me.

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