Frenchman's Creek (1944)

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An English lady falls madly in love with a French Pirate.


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Cast overview:
Dona St. Columb
Arturo de Córdova ...
Jean Benoit Aubrey
Lord Rockingham
Harry St. Columb
Harald Maresch ...
Edmond (as Harald Ramond)
Billy Daniel ...
Pierre Blanc (as Billy Daniels)
Moyna MacGill ...
Lady Godolphin
Patricia Barker ...
David James ...


An English lady falls madly in love with a French Pirate.

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A Lady of Fire and Ice... A Rogue of Steel and Gallantry


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Release Date:

20 September 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pirata y la dama  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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The only film featuring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in which they do not play Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. See more »


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The kind of thing for which Technicolor was invented!
12 May 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I've never seen this fanciful costumer in a theater but a TV broadcast, quite a few years ago, fairly leapt from the screen - the three-strip Technicolor had transferred to video as if it were a pristine print. Paramount obviously spared no expense on this one and, despite some minor objections, I recall being thoroughly entertained by it, especially that absolutely savage battle-to-the-death between Basil Rathbone's quintessentially dastardly villain and a desperately determined Joan Fontaine.

Some years back I somewhere read that, while waiting in full makeup and costumes for the lighting technicians to work their magic, Miss Fontaine rather scathingly queried her costar, Arturo de Cordova, why he was pursuing a career as an actor, apparently with the implication that it was an occupation unworthy of a man. If that's the kind of treatment he had to undergo at the hands of a Hollywood leading lady, one can confidently guess that his much greater success in Latin American cinema left him with few regrets that his Hollywood sojourn never amounted to much.

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