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The Spanish Main (1945)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | October 1945 (USA)
After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

George Worthing Yates (screenplay), Herman J. Mankiewicz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Henreid ... Capt. Laurent Van Horn
Maureen O'Hara ... Contessa Francesca
Walter Slezak ... Don Juan Alvarado
Binnie Barnes ... Anne Bonney
John Emery ... Capt. Mario Du Billar
Barton MacLane ... Capt. Benjamin Black
J.M. Kerrigan ... Pillery Gow
Fritz Leiber ... Bishop
Nancy Gates ... Lupita
Jack La Rue ... Lt. Escobar (as Jack LaRue)
Mike Mazurki ... Erik Swaine
Ian Keith ... Captain Lussan
Curt Bois ... Paree
Antonio Moreno ... Commandante
Victor Kilian ... Santa Madre Captain
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Storyline

Laurent van Horn is the leader of a band of Dutch refugees on a ship seeking freedom in the Carolinas, when the ship is wrecked on the coast of Cartagene, governed by Don Juan Alvardo, Spainish ruler. Alvarado has Laurent thrown in prison, but the latter escapes, and five-years later is a pirate leader. He poses as the navigator on a ship in which Contessa Francesca, daughter of a Mexican noble, is traveling on her way to marry Alvarado, whom she has never seen. Laurent's pirates capture the ship and Francesca, in order to save another ship, gives her hand-in-marriage to Laurent, who sails her to the pirate hideout. This irks the jealous Anne Bonney and, also, Captain Benjamin Black, who was already irked, anyway. They overpower Laurent and send Francesca to Alvarado, and then Mario du Billar, trusted right-hand man, makes a deal to deliver Laurent to Alvarado too. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Sword Scarred! Battle Lashed! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Anne Bonny was an Irish pirate operating in the Caribbean, and one of the most famous female pirates of all time. See more »

Quotes

Mario Du Billar: I know the man. He'll not rest until he frees the Contessa and Anne Bonney, or is killed in the attempt.
Don Juan Alvarado: The latter alternative is the more likely. And, incidentally, the more satisfactory.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The Spanish Main--cruel, oppressive and ruthless, where power alone was a man's single title to everything he held dear, including his very life. It was, thus, a cruel fate that a peaceful Dutch pilgrim ship should be driven there by torrential waves--and crash upon the rocks immediately outside Cartagena, its most remorseless citadel. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Doctor Who: Origins (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
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Traditional sea shanty
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swashbuckler
10 January 2003 | by willramsSee all my reviews

I saw this on TV TCM today and will always enjoy the exciting story of the Spanish Main; with beautiful musical score and scenes rather well staged. Maureen O'Hara and Paul Henried are great! The scene stealer of course is that great character actor Walter Slezak, who plays a mean egocentric governor, but who gets it in the end. The duelling scenes are particularly good, and Paul Henried does a good job duelling. Binnie Barnes, who I remember so well in early films was especially great as a woman pirate


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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