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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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Walter Slezak ...
Don Juan Alvarado
Binnie Barnes ...
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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Their Savage War for Plunder - split the seven seas asunder! (original poster) See more »


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Los piratas del mar Caribe  »

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The voice of Victor Kilian (Captain of the Santa Madre) is dubbed by a different actor. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Don Juan Alvarado: Commandante, in the future, we will apply the word "beautiful" to all the ladies who have previously appeared on these premises. You will now invent a new word meaning "much more than beautiful", which will be applied exclusively to La Contessa Francesca.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in The Making of 'The Quiet Man' (1992) See more »

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swashbuckler
10 January 2003 | by (Santa Maria, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this on TV TCM today and will always enjoy the exciting story of the Spanish Main; with beautiful musical score and scenes rather well staged. Maureen O'Hara and Paul Henried are great! The scene stealer of course is that great character actor Walter Slezak, who plays a mean egocentric governor, but who gets it in the end. The duelling scenes are particularly good, and Paul Henried does a good job duelling. Binnie Barnes, who I remember so well in early films was especially great as a woman pirate


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