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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
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Another low budget presentation from 'The Germ of the Ocean', Columbia. What can be deduced is that these were the adventures of Peter Blood somewhere between the time he escaped slavery and before he became Governor. Any resemblance to the WB CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935) is purely coincidental in that they both featured Peter Blood.
Louis Hayward as Peter Blood seems to want to get this over with and collect his check. His all to quick winning smile seems drawn and tired. His performance has none of the verve that he showed in THE SAINT IN NEW YORK, THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK or SON OF MONTE CRISTO. Patricia Medina also is just putting in time, with a look at me I'm pretty attitude. Only George MacCready really delivers the goods. Of course being the villain does give him extra latitude.
There is something about the 'B' films of Columbia from the mid 1930's to 1950's that is really noticeable, the flat lighting. There does not appear to be any shadows and little shading. Its like they just turned all the lights on and started filming. This does not help either the actors the sets or special visual effects. It sends this picture below 'C' level.
Addendum; Louis Hayward and Patricia Medina made CAPTAIN PIRATE (1952). Columbia added color but little else rating the same IMDb****FOUR (4).
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