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The Spanish Main (1945)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama | Romance  -  October 1945 (USA)
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Laurent van Horn is the leader of a band of Dutch refugees on a ship seeking freedom in the Carolinas, when the ship is wrecked on the coast of Cartagene. governed by Don Juan Alvardo, ... See full summary »

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Contessa Francesca
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Don Juan Alvarado
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John Emery ...
Capt. Mario Du Billar
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Capt. Benjamin Black
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Pillery Gow
Fritz Leiber ...
Bishop
Nancy Gates ...
Lupita
Jack La Rue ...
Lt. Escobar (as Jack LaRue)
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Erik Swaine
Ian Keith ...
Captain Lussan
Curt Bois ...
Paree
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Commandante
Victor Kilian ...
Santa Madre Captain
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Laurent van Horn is the leader of a band of Dutch refugees on a ship seeking freedom in the Carolinas, when the ship is wrecked on the coast of Cartagene. governed by Don Juan Alvardo, Spainish ruler. Alvarado has Laurent thrown in prison, but the latter escapes, and five-years later is a pirate leader. He poses as the navigator on a ship in which Contessa Francesca, daughter of a Mexican noble, is traveling on her way to marry Alvarado, whom she has never seen. Laurent's pirates capture the ship and Francesa, in order to save another ship, gives her hand-in-marriage to Laurent, who sails her to the pirate hideout. This irks the jealous Anne Bonney and,also, Captain Benjamin Black, who was already irked, anyway. They overpower Laurent and send Francesa to Alvarado, and then Mario du Billar, trusted right-hand man, makes a deal to deliver Laurent to Alvarado also. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BRAVE SWORDS! BOLD LIPS! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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(RCA Sound System)

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This was the first RKO Radio produced film to be shot in Technicolor. See more »

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In the scene where Swain fights Captain Black, Captain van Horn watches with his hands tied behind his back. At the beginning of the fight van Horn is wearing a red jacket which disappears halfway through the fight. See more »

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Capt. Laurent Van Horn: We were blown off our course by a hurricane, and our ship crashed on the rocks outside your harbor.
Don Juan Alvarado: Most inconsiderate of my rocks. I shall have them reprimanded.
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Opening credits prologue: The Spanish Main--cruel, oppressive and ruthless, where power alone was a man's single title to everything he held dear, including his very life. It was, thus, a cruel fate that a peaceful Dutch pilgrim ship should be driven there by torrential waves--and crash upon the rocks immediately outside Cartagena, its most remorseless citadel. See more »

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Ahoy there Frankie Borzage.
31 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What's this, Frank Borzage producing commercial popcorn fodder? Indeed yes it is. The Spanish Main is a good old pirate/seafaring romp, the production design is considerably better than the actual plotting, with RKO pushing the boat out (hrr hrr hrr), but as long as you have a kink for such old fashioned genre pictures then there is much to enjoy; and much that's easy to ignore...

Maureen O'Hara, Paul Henreid and Walter Slezak are the draw cards, though each one is short changed by the screenplay. O'Hara isn't called on to rise above being a feisty Technicolor beaut who will inevitably become Henreid's gal. Henreid himself is, in spite of the film very much being his baby, actually miscast and wholly unbelievable in the pirate stakes, while the ever wonderful Slezak is quite simply under used.

However, fans of such fare easily forgive the shortcomings, focusing on having a good time with the extended sword play and naval battle scenes, buying into the romance angle and shouting hooray at film's finale! It's all very conventional on the page, but the smart craft involved in bringing it to life is sometimes all you need to brighten a miserable winter's day. 6.5/10


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