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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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Pedro De Vargas
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Catana Perez
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Juan Garcia
John Sutton ...
Diego De Silva
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Don Francisco De Vargas
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Father Bartolome Romero
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Prof. Botello (the astrologer)
Barbara Lawrence ...
Luisa De Carvajal
George Zucco ...
Marquis De Carvajal
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Capt. Alvarado
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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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)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Man to Emperor Moctezuma's right is also the servant (Coatl) who Pedro de Vargas (Tyrone Power) helped Señor de Silva (the man who imprisoned him and his family later for heresy) look for when he was beaten. This man later became well-known as the sidekick of The Lone Ranger, Tonto, played by Jay Silverheels. See more »

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Pedro De Vargas: [finding Botello lying on the ground] Botello, what happened?
Prof. Botello: [groans] What misery! I'm lucky to be alive! Oh, my poor head!
Pedro De Vargas: But what happened?
Prof. Botello: You won't tell on me, Pedro lad?
Pedro De Vargas: Of course not!
Prof. Botello: I was just taking a stroll with one of those Indian ladies - ugly as sin, of course, color of mud, but charming, dear boy, charming.
Pedro De Vargas: You know the penalty for touching an Indian!
Prof. Botello: Now, now, Pedro, you know orders don't apply to a cockroach like me.
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The best picture made on the conquest of the Americas
13 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are many pleasant surprises in this epic movie. For one, it was filmed in spectacular Technicolor and was superbly photographed in actual locations. Piramids were built, volcanoes were erupting for real and ancient ship replicas were destroyed at sea. One of the main surprises was seeing that the beautiful Jean Peters could act. This actress without much dramatic training did an excellent job in her movie debut. She practically steals the picture from Tyrone Power - Impossible? She does, and he's very good in this one. See her last scene, while waiting to move deeper into Mexico with Cortez; it's a treasure. I became a fan after seeing Miss Peters in the pirate flick "Anne of the Indies" (she plays 'the pirate'), and have seen most of her movies since. It's a shame Fox didn't use her talents in better fares, such as Susan Hayward's "I Want to Live", but then Howard Hughes came into the picture while she was doing Castille and, I imagine, his obsession over her beauty ruined a promising career. This film is partly based on true events and has an excellent cast, a fantastic screenplay and a musical score by Arthur Newman that rivals any other composed for anepic flick -then and even now. It's on DVD now. Get it before they become extinct. It's worth seeing. Beautiful vistas, a handsome Ty Power and a gorgeous Jean Peters.


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