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The Spanish Main (1945)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | October 1945 (USA)
After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.

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Cast

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Don Juan Alvarado
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Capt. Mario Du Billar
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Capt. Benjamin Black
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Pillery Gow
Fritz Leiber ...
Bishop
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Lupita
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Lt. Escobar (as Jack LaRue)
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Erik Swaine
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Captain Lussan
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Paree
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Commandante
Victor Kilian ...
Santa Madre Captain
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Storyline

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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CTION! DANGER! Rides the Waves (original print ad) See more »


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Release Date:

October 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los piratas del mar Caribe  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

[dying words, to the Contessa]
Anne Bonney: Head him for the Carolinas... and there, good sailing.
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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 »


Soundtracks

What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
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Traditional sea shanty
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In this genre it is a fine film to be enjoyed.
22 October 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I am a great admirer of all the movies that Maureen O'Hara has starred in. This film represents one more entertaining and absorbing swashbuckler typical of its day wherein you have a Ms O'Hara and Paul Henreid turning in excellent performances. The plot and love interest are easily assimilated and believable. If a movie holds your attention throughout like this one does, there's no question that it's worth the time and popcorn! Movies are made to be enjoyed and appreciated, and I'm sure the public knows what is enjoyable because such old movies are still in circulation, and that speaks for its quality.


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