Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.
Don Juan de Marana damages Spanish prestige in diplomatic circles with his indiscreet womanizing,although he attempts to rehabilitate his image after he meets the beautiful Queen Margaret, trapped in a loveless arranged marriage with the weak and feckless King Philip III. The Queen becomes the love of Don Juan's life, and although she is obviously attracted to him, the relationship remains appropriately platonic. Becoming caught up in court intrigue, Don Juan uncovers a plot by the King's minister, the ruthless Duke de Lorca, to become the power behind the throne. After de Lorca is exposed by Don Juan, he brazenly intimidates the cowardly king into compliance and threatens to execute the uncooperative queen. Helped by his friends, his servant Leporello, fencing master Don Serafino, and court jester Sebastian, Don Juan tries to foil the Duke's evil machinations. Written by
Although Raoul Walsh was originally slated to direct this project in 1945, Errol Flynn had a falling-out with him, and by 1947 Michael Curtiz, who had directed some of Flynn's greatest early films until he and Flynn had a falling-out, too, was assigned to the project. As production neared, Jean Negulesco replaced Curtiz, but Negulesco bowed out in favor of the film's ultimate director, Vincent Sherman. See more »
In the scene where the ambassador tells Don Juan that he is to return to Spain, the ambassador wears the stiff collar called golilla, an item of clothing that belongs to the reign of Philip IV, which started in 1621. The story of this movie takes place during the reign of Elizabeth I of England, who died in 1603. See more »
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In Europe, as the seventeenth century dawned, mankind was lifting itself from ignorance and superstition.
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Don Juan really was Flynn's last big budget extravaganza, and it really is a sumptous production. If ever any one was born to play Don Juan then it was Flynn. Solid support from Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas and Alan Hale. The film is up there with Robin Hood and its a shame that it is not more widely seen today. Enjoy.
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