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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In several of the scenes in Mexico, a large smoke cloud is seen on the horizon. At the end of the movie smoke is shown rising from a volcano. This is most likely a fortuitous eruption of the Paricutin volcano in 1947, when the movie was filmed, standing in for the eruption of Popocatepetl on Cortez's day. 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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Referenced in One Night Stand (1978) See more »

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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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