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Captain Lightfoot (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 26 March 1955 (USA)
A pair of Irish rebels have swashbuckling adventures in 1815.


Douglas Sirk


W.R. Burnett (screenplay by), Oscar Brodney (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Michael Martin, aka Capt. Lightfoot
Barbara Rush ... Aga Doherty
Jeff Morrow ... John Doherty, aka Capt. Thunderbolt
Kathleen Ryan ... Lady Anne More
Finlay Currie ... Callahan
Denis O'Dea ... Regis Donnell
Geoffrey Toone ... Captain Hood
Hilton Edwards ... Lord Glen
Sheila Brennan Sheila Brennan ... Waitress
Harry Goldblatt Harry Goldblatt ... Brady
Charles B. Fitzsimons Charles B. Fitzsimons ... Dan Shanley (as Charles FitzSimons)
Christopher Casson Christopher Casson ... Lord Clonmell
Philip O'Flynn Philip O'Flynn ... Trim
Shay Gorman Shay Gorman ... Tim Keenan
Kenneth MacDonald ... Desmond (High Steward) (as Kenneth Mac Donald)
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In 1815, Michael Martin, member of an Irish revolutionary society, turns highwayman to support it, and is forced to flee into outlawry. In Dublin, he meets famous rebel "Captain Thunderbolt" and becomes his second-in-command, "Lightfoot." 'Tis a perilous life, with captures, turncoats, rescues, and romance. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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User Reviews

Beautiful elaborate production values, weak script

Very unusual for a 1950's Universal costume adventure, Captain Lightfoot sports expensive, elaborate production values. It benefits greatly from extensive location shooting, beautifully photographed, and fancifully but tastefully colorful sets and costumes.

Hudson and Rush are excellent as dashing hero and his spitfire lady.

There's an effective mix of action, romantic comedy, and melodrama--all well staged.

Too bad the script is weak; often the character relationships and decisions characters make stretch credibility to the point of distraction.

Contrary to what a couple of other reviewers here said, I thought most of the supporting cast so-so, Abby Players or not. None of the fun, charisma, and panache that British-Hollywood baddies like Basil Rathbone, Claude Raines, and Henry Daniel brought to similar material.

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Release Date:

26 March 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitaine Mystère See more »


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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)


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Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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