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Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 19 May 1950 (USA)
When he unwittingly sends some of his men into a trap, pirate Captain Peter Blood decides to rescue them. They've been taken prisoner by the Spanish Marquis de Riconete who is now using ... See full summary »

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Marquis de Riconete
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Carmilio
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Pepita Maria Rosados
Lowell Gilmore ...
George Fairfax
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Capt. Alvarado
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Tom Mannering
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Billy Bragg (as William Bevan)
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Will Ward
Duke York ...
Andrew Hardy
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Swede
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Antonio Viamonte
James Fairfax ...
Nat Russell
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When he unwittingly sends some of his men into a trap, pirate Captain Peter Blood decides to rescue them. They've been taken prisoner by the Spanish Marquis de Riconete who is now using them as slave labor harvesting pearls from the sea. With help of the Marquis' daughter Isabelita he not only manages to rescue his men but also vanquishes the Marquis in a sea battle. Written by garykmcd

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Sabatini's famous buccaneer in swashbuckling adventure...exotic romance!


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Liebe unter schwarzen Segeln  »

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In the beginning of the picture, Captain Blood orders two warning shots fired across the bow of a ship. When they do not respond, he orders the crew to raise the Jolly Roger, which they do. However, the pirate flag was already flying when the shots were fired. See more »

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Ship's Lookout: Captain Blood! Captain Blood, there's a prize off our starboard bow flying Spanish colors.
Capt. Peter Blood: Bosun.
Boatswain: Aye, sir?
Capt. Peter Blood: Man the guns. Cram on full sail.
Boatswain: [blows whistle] Man the guns!
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Referenced in Woman on the Run (1950) See more »

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Louis Hayward proves there was only one Errol Flynn...
22 June 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

FORTUNES OF CAPTAIN BLOOD never rises above being a pedestrian take on the Captain Blood legend originated by Rafael Sabatini in his immortal pirate tale, CAPTAIN BLOOD.

This is strictly secondary stuff, with LOUIS HAYWARD as the doctor turned pirate on the high seas. He's competent in the swashbuckling role rather than charismatic--and there lies the difference between him and Flynn. At times, he seems almost bored with his role.

DONA DRAKE does nicely enough as a peasant girl who flirts with Captain Blood (while he's assuming the name of Pedro), and PATRICIA MEDINA is equally at home in her role as a headstrong aristocratic lady. LOWELL GILMORE and GEORGE MACREADY are likewise competent as the rather villainous men interested only in pearls and wealth--but the story and its characters barely rise above the routine in a lifeless pirate tale.

ALFONSO BEDOYA at least furnishes a bit of sly humor as the prison overseer hoodwinked by Captain Blood (he was the man with the famous line about "We don't need no stinkin' badges" from TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE).

But the saga only really comes to life during the last half-hour, and then it's standard pirate swordplay and cannon fire until the predictable happy ending finds Captain Blood and the aristocratic lady sharing a kiss before the fadeout.

Summing up: Standard pirate tale with only occasional flashes of lively swordplay. As for Hayward, he was much better as "The Man in the Iron Mask".


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