Captain from Castile (1947)

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The invasion of Mexico by Cortez, as seen by a young Spanish officer fleeing the Inquisition.



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Complete credited cast:
Catana Perez
Juan Garcia
John Sutton ...
Diego De Silva
Don Francisco De Vargas
Father Bartolome Romero
Prof. Botello (the astrologer)
Barbara Lawrence ...
Luisa De Carvajal
George Zucco ...
Marquis De Carvajal
Capt. Alvarado


Spain, 1518: young caballero Pedro De Vargas offends his sadistic neighbor De Silva, who just happens to be an officer of the Inquisition. Forced to flee, Pedro, friend Juan Garcia, and adoring servant girl Catana join Cortez' first expedition to Mexico. Arriving in the rich new land, Cortez decides to switch from exploration to conquest...with only 500 men. Embroiled in continuous adventures and a romantic interlude, Pedro almost forgets he has a deadly enemy... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

January 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capitaine de Castille  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Darryl Zanuck was so appalled when he saw Tyrone Power playing against type in the gritty Nightmare Alley that he immediately pulled the film and rushed Captain from Castile out earlier than he intended. See more »


Jail guard: Senor el Supremo, the girl is dead!
Diego De Silva: You bumbling fools! Have you no skill in your craft?
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Melodramatic and Romantic Epic Adventure
20 May 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the spring of 1518, in Spain, the nobleman Pedro de Vargas (Tyrone Power) helps the Indian slave and his friend Coatl (Jay Silverheels) to escape from the cruel Diego de Silva (John Sutton) and then he rescues the plebeian Catana Perez (Jean Peters) from two men of Diego de Silva. He goes to the inn where Catana works to explain why the sheets are torn up, and Pedro befriends Juan Garcia (Lee J. Cobb), a simple man that made fortune in Cuba.

When he comes home, Pedro finds that Diego de Silva has used his political influence to accuse Pedro and his family of heretics and they are imprisoned. Diego's executioners torture and kill Pedro's twelve years old sister but Juan Garcia and Catana help Pedro and his the family to escape from prison: Pedro's parents go to Italy and Pedro, Juan and Catana go to Cuba and join Cortez' expedition to Mexico. They participate of the fall of the Aztec Empire in the beginning of the Spanish colonization of the New World.

"Captain from Castile" is a melodramatic and romantic epic adventure having the historic conquest of Mexico by Hernando Cortez as background. Tyrone Power is excellent in the role of a Spaniard nobleman that joins the first expedition of Cortez to Mexico and is promoted to captain for his loyalty and efficiency. Jean Peters is amazingly beautiful and John Sutton is a great villain. The story is politically incorrect in the present days but is accurate and a great entertainment. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Capitão de Castela" ("The Captain from Castile")

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