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Director:
Writers:
Rafael Sabatini (novel) and
Muriel Box (writer)
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Release Date:
5 December 1949 (Sweden) See more »
Tagline:
The greatest adventure man ever lived!
Plot:
Christopher Columbus overcomes intrigue at the Spanish court and convinces Queen Isabella that his plan to reach the East by sailing west is practical. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Not a bad biopic See more (8 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Fredric March ... Christopher Columbus
Florence Eldridge ... Queen Isabella
Francis L. Sullivan ... Francisco de Bobadilla
Kathleen Ryan ... Beatriz Enriquez de Arana
Derek Bond ... Diego de Arana
Nora Swinburne ... Joanna de Torres

Abraham Sofaer ... Luis de Santangel
Linden Travers ... Beatriz de Peraza

James Robertson Justice ... Martin Alonso Pinzon
Dennis Vance ... Francisco Pinzon
Richard Aherne ... Vicente Yañez Pinzon
Felix Aylmer ... Father Perez
Francis Lister ... King Ferdinand
Edward Rigby ... Pedro
Niall MacGinnis ... Juan de la Cosa
Ralph Truman ... Captain
Ronald Adam ... Talavera
Guy Le Feuvre ... Admiral
Lyn Evans ... Lope
David Cole ... Diego Columbus - Columbus' Son
Hugh Pryse ... Almoner
Stuart Lindsell ... Prior
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valentine Dyall ... Narrator (voice)
William Monroe Cypert ... Antonio Camino (uncredited)

Thelma Grigg ... Lady in waiting (uncredited)
Anthony Steel ... Messenger (uncredited)
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Directed by
David MacDonald 
 
Writing credits
Rafael Sabatini (novel "Christopher Columbus")

Muriel Box  writer
Sydney Box  writer
Cyril Roberts  writer

Produced by
Betty E. Box .... producer
Sydney Box .... executive producer
A. Frank Bundy .... producer
Alfred Roome .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur Bliss 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen Dade 
 
Film Editing by
Vladimir Sagovsky 
 
Production Design by
Maurice Carter 
 
Art Direction by
George Provis (supervising art director)
 
Costume Design by
Joan Ellacott 
Elizabeth Haffenden 
 
Makeup Department
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Anthony Nelson Keys .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Weeks .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Leslie Hammond .... sound recordist
Bill Salter .... sound recordist (as W. Salter)
B.C. Sewell .... sound director
Claude Hitchcock .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alfred Davis .... special effects
Albert Whitlock .... special effects (as A. Whitlock)
Philippo Guidobaldi .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Reg Johnson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Doris Lee .... assistant costume designer
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Doreen Carwithen .... composer: additional music, Spanish Court dances (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Arthur Alcott .... production controller
Joan Bridge .... associate color director
Alex Bryce .... location manager
Cyril Hughes Hartmann .... historical advisor
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Cyril J. Knowles .... location and special effects photography
Paddy Girdlestone .... continuity (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
99 min | West Germany:105 min | Finland:94 min (Finland: video)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Finnish visa register number T-30829 delivered on 29-11-1994 (video).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the film, Columbus seems to realize that he never landed in India, whereas in real life, he never realized it. He also talks constantly about having found "new worlds", as if he knew that he had discovered America.See more »
Quotes:
Christopher Columbus:[as he and Diego observe a native smoking tobacco] Doesn't that prove how backward they are? You never see a civilized man do that.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of "Cristóbal Colón" (1968)See more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Not a bad biopic, 20 April 2002
Author: RitaRisque from Australia

Being an Aussie, I don't know the story of Christopher Columbus in much detail, so I was able to enjoy this movie as a Fredric March fan first and foremost. Just one question - were the natives *really* that accommodating? Definitely an engaging tale, and not all set on the high seas. The first half hour or so, in the Queen's court, had some of the best scenes, though the ending fell flat and just kinda "happened". All up - a jolly good show!

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