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Captain Blood (1935)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 28 December 1935 (USA)
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After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Rafael Sabatini (by), Casey Robinson (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... Peter Blood
Olivia de Havilland ... Arabella Bishop
Lionel Atwill ... Colonel Bishop
Basil Rathbone ... Levasseur
Ross Alexander ... Jeremy Pitt
Guy Kibbee ... Hagthorpe
Henry Stephenson ... Lord Willoughby
Robert Barrat ... Wolverstone
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Dr. Bronson
Donald Meek ... Dr. Whacker
Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Barlow
Forrester Harvey ... Honesty Nuttall
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Rev. Ogle
Holmes Herbert ... Capt. Gardner
David Torrence ... Andrew Baynes
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Arrested during the Monmouth Rebellion and falsely convicted of treason, Dr. Peter Blood is banished to the West Indies and sold into slavery. In Port Royal, Jamaica the Governor's daughter Arabella Bishop buys him for £10 to spite her uncle, Col. Bishop who owns a major plantation. Life is hard for the men and for Blood as well. By chance he treats the Governor's gout and is soon part of the medical service. He dreams of freedom and when the opportunity strikes, he and his friends rebel taking over a Spanish ship that has attacked the city. Soon, they are the most feared pirates on the seas, men without a country attacking all ships. When Arabella is prisoner, Blood decides to return her to Port Royal only to find that it is under the control of England's new enemy, France. All of them must decide if they are to fight for their new King. Written by garykmcd

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THE MOST MAGNIFICENT & THRILLING SEA ADVENTURE EVER FILMED (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Action | Adventure

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Trivia

In the novel, Peter Blood served as an officer in the Dutch navy, where he learned his seafaring skills. See more »

Goofs

During the final battle, Captain Blood's ship hoists a Union Jack flag, not in use until after the Act of Union in 1701. The scene takes place in 1689 (shortly after William III and Mary II take the throne). The correct flag should be the Cross of St. George (red cross on white background). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeremy Pitt: Doctor Blood! Doctor Blood!
Mrs. Barlow: Who, who is it?
Dr. Peter Blood: That we'll know better when you've opened the door.
Mrs. Barlow: Me?
Dr. Peter Blood: My mistake, after I've opened the door.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 119 minutes, Warner Bros. cut 20 minutes worth of footage from the film for its theatrical reissue in 1951, in order that it could fit onto a double bill with _Sea Hawk, The (1940)_, also trimmed for the same reason. The cut reissue version was also broadcast for many years on television. The film was restored to full length when first released on VHS in the 1980's; this is also the version later released on DVD, and now shown on TCM. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Fugal Episode from Prometheus
(1850, revised 1855) (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Liszt
Adapted and Re-orchestrated by Hugo Friedhofer and Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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Sabatini Would Have Been Proud...
18 March 2002 | by R BeckerSee all my reviews

Practically the same cast that made magic in the later ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, but magic just the same -- they never made a pirate film that could equal this one, much less surpass it, though Hollywood certainly tried. If you only ever see two Flynn movies, watch this and ROBIN HOOD and you'll be the richer for it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Corona, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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