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Captain from Castile (1947)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, History | January 1948 (USA)
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The invasion of Mexico by Cortez, as seen by a young Spanish officer fleeing the Inquisition.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay), Samuel Shellabarger (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Pedro De Vargas
Jean Peters ... Catana Perez
Cesar Romero ... Hernando Cortez
Lee J. Cobb ... Juan Garcia
John Sutton ... Diego De Silva
Antonio Moreno ... Don Francisco De Vargas
Thomas Gomez ... Father Bartolome Romero
Alan Mowbray ... Prof. Botello (the astrologer)
Barbara Lawrence ... Luisa De Carvajal
George Zucco ... Marquis De Carvajal
Roy Roberts ... Capt. Alvarado
Marc Lawrence ... Corio
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Storyline

Spain, 1518: young caballero Pedro De Vargas offends his sadistic neighbor De Silva, who just happens to be an officer of the Inquisition. Forced to flee, Pedro, friend Juan Garcia, and adoring servant girl Catana join Cortez' first expedition to Mexico. Arriving in the rich new land, Cortez decides to switch from exploration to conquest...with only 500 men. Embroiled in continuous adventures and a romantic interlude, Pedro almost forgets he has a deadly enemy... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Nahuatl

Release Date:

January 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitaine de Castille See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When an announcement is made in the town square in Cuba, it is preceded and followed by an extra who makes a poor attempt at playing a roll on a conga, with one hand tripping over the other. As Cuba is the home of the conga, there were hundreds of local experts who could have played it properly and at three times the speed. See more »

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Prof. Botello: Even my skill cannot defeat the will of God, but I've stopped the bleeding. You'll have to admit it's a well-sealed wound!
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Sweeping is the word that springs to mind!
7 June 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Spanish inquisition and the invasion of Cortez into Mexico...Henry King style!

A film firmly split in two halves, Captain From Castile may over stretch its aims on the page at times, but the sweepingly gorgeous texture is quite something to behold. Tyrone Power takes up the lead role of Pedro De Vargas and firmly cements his star status with a wonderful performance, handsome and brave, he carries the film easily on its joyous course from Spain to Mexico, whilst stoic male support comes from Cesar Romero (Cortez), Lee J. Cobb (Juan Garcia), and John Sutton (Diego De Silva). Head female duty falls to a vibrantly young Jean Peters (in her film debut) as Catana Perez, pretty and beguiling, her gorgeous green eyes shining bright in this Technicolor spectacle, she is the perfect foil to Power's dash and swagger.

Production costs are thought to have been over $4 million, yet even though the film sadly lost money, the money spent is still evident at every turn and it proved to be very popular with critics and film lovers alike. Director Henry King wonderfully utilises the panoramic vistas of the Mexican locale and the costumes come right out of the top draw, but one of the most striking things in this magnificent production is the score from Alfred Newman. Stirring and emotionally hard, it has to rank as one of the best scores to have ever been composed. I strongly recommend the isolated score option on the excellent Region 1 DVD. It's a far from perfect film for sure (the no battle pay-off at the finale is a great disappointment), but the harking back to old historical days of yore can induce a tingle on the spine, and in that respect the piece delivers handsomely. Just like its leading man ironically enough. 8/10


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