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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Did You Know?


Fox paid author Samuel Shallabarger was paid $100,000 for the screen rights to his novel, a huge sum for 1947. See more »


Prof. Botello: Even my skill cannot defeat the will of God, but I've stopped the bleeding. You'll have to admit it's a well-sealed wound!
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Referenced in One Night Stand (1978) See more »

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Sumptuous historical romance with great Alfred Newman score...
10 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Tyrone Power is a nobleman forced to flee his home during the Spanish Inquisition. A series of adventures follow featuring a beautiful peasant girl (Jean Peters) who escapes with him. Both of them are hunted by an evil officer (John Sutton) and later all are involved in following Cortez on his expedition to Mexico.

Swordplay, battle scenes, triumphal marches and a bittersweet love story combine to make this the kind of adventure-romance Tyrone Power inevitably found himself in at Fox. The color photography is gorgeous and the music, by Alfred Newman, is outstanding, ranging from tender love themes to dances and the march for Cortez. It's lavish entertainment on a grand scale--with just a few slow stretches--but all in all guaranteed to give you satisfying entertainment.

Parents beware: the Inquisition scenes are realistic and there are scenes of brutality not advisable for the very young.

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