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Captain Blood (1935)

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A young Irish doctor is exiled as a slave to Jamaica where he captures a Spanish galleon and becomes the most feared pirate of the Caribbean.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Rafael Sabatini (based on novel by), Casey Robinson (screen play)
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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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Trivia

Six editors worked to reduce the 60,000 feet of film to 11 reels in time for a Christmas release (December 28). See more »

Goofs

Levasseur's eyes blink after the second wave has passed over his dead body. 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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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Swashbucklers (1964) 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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Heroic swashbucklers and ferocious cannonade!
1 May 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Nearly 80 years old and `Captain Blood' still is one of the greatest sea-adventures ever made. It initially served as an appropriate answer to `Mutiny on the Bounty', also released in 1935 and starring Clark Gable. This film launched the terrific career of Errol Flynn, who only appeared uncredited in other film until then. Captain Blood is a compelling and versatile story about a young Irish doctor, named Peter Blood. After giving medical attention to rebellions, he's sold as a slave to the wondrously beautiful Arabella Bishop (Olivia de Havilland)…niece of the rancorous Colonel Bishop (Lionel Atwill). Blood escapes slavery and, together with his faithful crew, he starts a successful and diverse career as a pirate in the Caribbean sea. Yet, the unanswered love he feels for Arabella never really allows him to be fully free. Naturally, this film doesn't feature as many outrageous swordfights as in later pirate movies, but the decors and scenery are breath-taking and very inspired. Some neutral sequences (mainly in the beginning of the film) can be considered tedious, but long and delightful patriot speeches and exiting battles make up for those. Errol Flynn does a great job as the rebellious captain, even though his handsome looks don't really match the image of a feared pirate. Special mention goes out to Basil Rathbone, flawlessly cast as a French corsair. Highly recommended if you're a fan of classic and nostalgic cinema.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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