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Frenchman's Creek (1944)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 20 September 1944 (USA)
An English lady falls madly in love with a French Pirate.


Mitchell Leisen


Daphne Du Maurier (novel), Talbot Jennings (screenplay)
Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Joan Fontaine ... Dona St. Columb
Arturo de Córdova ... Jean Benoit Aubrey
Basil Rathbone ... Lord Rockingham
Nigel Bruce ... Lord Godolphin
Cecil Kellaway ... William
Ralph Forbes ... Harry St. Columb
Harald Maresch ... Edmond (as Harald Ramond)
Billy Daniel Billy Daniel ... Pierre Blanc (as Billy Daniels)
Moyna MacGill ... Lady Godolphin
Patricia Barker Patricia Barker ... Henrietta
David James David James ... James


An English lady bored with London society brings her 2 children to their country home. Her servant William is also working for a French pirate who holds up with his ship and crew off the coast. They soon meet and she embarks on an adventure with the pirates!

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It's the romance and danger-packed drama of the swashbuckling pirate who terrified a nation and stole a proud beauty's for 24 reckless hours! ( print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - April 22, 1945) See more »


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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 10, 1947 with Joan Fontaine reprising her film role. See more »


Dona St. Columb: You have more conceit of your kisses, my lord, and less reason for it, than any scoundrel in England!
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Version of Frenchman's Creek (1998) See more »

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secret pleasure
20 December 2009 | by pjmilleSee all my reviews

Yes, this movie is a secret pleasure of mine. I loved the book by DuMaurier--considering it one of my all time favorites--and have read it several times. To have the book brought to life on the screen is rewarding. Yes, the color and acting are great, but I imagine so much more in my fantasies. I wish Hedy Lamarr would have played Dona. She was so beautiful, and I believe, could have carried off the "tomboy" just as well, if not more believably, than Fontaine. (Such as her Samson and Delilah role.) As far as the pirate, I'm OK with Cordova, but his small stature sort of detracts from the fantasy. He's adequate enough, and foreign enough, to carry this film for me. I puzzle over who I would have preferred to play that part. I'm not sure I would have liked Errol Flynn in the part (as suggested). I not familiar with enough foreign actors at that time (1940's) to suggest who. I suppose if it were more recent, possibly Gerard Depardieu would have fit in nicely. All in all, I love this movie. The ending is bittersweet. Basil Rathbone provides a believable menace and Nigel Bruce is perfect in his role as the dithering husband. As I said, a "secret pleasure". I treasure this movie.

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French | English

Release Date:

20 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pirata y la dama See more »

Filming Locations:

Mendocino, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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