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The Spanish Main ()


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After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.

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Contessa Francesca
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Capt. Laurent Van Horn
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Don Juan Alvarado
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Anne Bonney
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Capt. Mario Du Billar
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Capt. Benjamin Black
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Pillery Gow
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Bishop
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Lupita
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Lt. Escobar (as Jack LaRue)
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Erik Swaine
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Captain Lussan
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Paree
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Commandante
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Santa Madre Captain
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Demetrius Alexis ...
Officer (uncredited)
Don Avalier ...
Pirate (uncredited)
Martha Bamattre ...
Innkeeper (uncredited)
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Tailor's Assistant (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
Ray Cooper ...
Officer (uncredited)
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Señora Perez (uncredited)
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Major Domo (uncredited)
Carl Deloro ...
Officer (uncredited)
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Pirate (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ...
Singer (uncredited)
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Señora Montalvo (uncredited)
Joaquin Elizondo ...
Officer (uncredited)
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Pirate (uncredited)
Bobbie Hale ...
Pot Boy (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
Al Haskell ...
Officer (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
Alf Haugan ...
Officer (uncredited)
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The Sea Lawyer (uncredited)
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Pirate Captain at Inn in Tortuga (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
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Captain Spratlin (uncredited)
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Knife Assasin (uncredited)
Charles Legneur ...
Servant (uncredited)
Manuel López ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Sailor (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor ...
Master at Arms (uncredited)
Jose Portugal ...
Pirate (uncredited)
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Pirate (uncredited)
Alfred Sabato ...
Sailing Master (uncredited)
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Spanish Guard (uncredited)
Leo Schlesinger ...
Spanish Guard (uncredited)
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Jailer (uncredited)
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Pirate (uncredited)
Jean Valjean ...
Officer (uncredited)
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Bully (uncredited)
Allan Watson ...
Singer (uncredited)
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Pedicurist (uncredited)
Jack Wise ...
Hairdresser (uncredited)

Directed by

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Frank Borzage

Written by

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George Worthing Yates ... (screenplay) and
Herman J. Mankiewicz ... (screenplay)
 
Æneas MacKenzie ... (original story) (as Aeneas MacKenzie)

Produced by

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Stephen Ames ... associate producer
Robert Fellows ... executive producer

Music by

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Hanns Eisler

Cinematography by

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George Barnes ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ralph Dawson

Art Direction by

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Carroll Clark
Albert S. D'Agostino
Russell Kimball ... supervising art director (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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Claude E. Carpenter ... (set decorations) (as Claude Carpenter)
Darrell Silvera ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Edward Stevenson ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

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Mel Berns ... makeup department head (uncredited)
Jules Michelson ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Lloyd Richards ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lew Borzage ... assistant director
B. Reeves Eason ... second unit director

Sound Department

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James G. Stewart ... rerecordist
John E. Tribby ... recordist

Special Effects by

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Vernon L. Walker ... special effects

Stunts

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George Bruggeman ... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Dime ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor ... stunts (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... stunts (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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C. Bakaleinikoff ... musical director
Gil Grau ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Fred F. Ellis ... marine technical director (as Captain Fred Ellis Ret. B.M.M.)
Natalie Kalmus ... Technicolor color director
Morgan Padelford ... associate Technicolor color director
Fred Cavens ... fencing choreographer (uncredited) / fencing trainer (uncredited)
William Dorfman ... assistant to second unit director (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Loving her . . . taming her . . . called for all his reckless daring! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Pavillon noir (France)
  • Pirates del Carib (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Caribe (Spain)
  • Los piratas del mar Caribe (Spain)
  • Avontuur op de zeven zeeen (Belgium, Flemish title)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The inspiration for the " Pirates of the Caribbean" ride at Disneyland. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952). See more »
Soundtracks What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor? See more »
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 »
Quotes Capt. Laurent Van Horn: We were blown off our course by a hurricane, and our ship crashed on the rocks outside your harbor.
Don Juan Alvarado: Most inconsiderate of my rocks. I shall have them reprimanded.
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