Captain Blood

Captain Blood

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Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone

     
 

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When British actor Robert Donat dropped out of Warner Bros. Captain Blood, the studio took a chance on its new contractee, Tasmania-born Errol Flynn. Adapted from the novel by Rafael Sabatini, the film is set during the oppressive reign of King James II. Irish physician Peter Blood (Errol Flynn), arrested for treating a wounded anti-crown rebel, is condemned toSee more details below

Overview

When British actor Robert Donat dropped out of Warner Bros. Captain Blood, the studio took a chance on its new contractee, Tasmania-born Errol Flynn. Adapted from the novel by Rafael Sabatini, the film is set during the oppressive reign of King James II. Irish physician Peter Blood (Errol Flynn), arrested for treating a wounded anti-crown rebel, is condemned to slavery in Jamaica. Here he earns several privileges after treating the governor (George Hassell) for gout; this does not rest well with Lionel Atwill, the wicked owner of the plantation on which Blood is forced to work. Nor is Atwill pleased with the growing relationship between his niece Arabella (Olivia DeHavilland) and the imprisoned doctor. An attack on Jamaica by Spanish pirates gives Blood and his fellow slaves the opportunity to become buccaneers themselves. After several months of fighting and plunder, Blood's men capture a merchant ship bearing Arabella. Blood fights a duel with a French pirate (Basil Rathbone) over the girl; having "won" her, Blood intends to have his way with her, but his more decent instincts prevail. When King James is overthrown by William of Orange, Blood is given a commission and lauded as a hero as a reward for his bravery against the Spanish galleons. He is appointed governor of Jamaica, wins the hand of the lovely Arabella, and genially forces Atwill to eat crow. This seemingly outsized swashbuckler was actually a very economical production, using stock footage from several silent films. Captain Blood transformed the 26-year-old Errol Flynn into a star; he's a little clumsy in the dialogue department at times, but cuts a dashing figure in the action scenes. The film also represented the cinematic debut of composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who wasn't completely happy with his hastily written score and asked that his on-screen credit be diminished to "musical director." Long available only in its 99 minute re-issue version, Captain Blood has been restored to its full, glorious 119 minute length.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Captain Blood is typical of the better-grade Warner Bros. efforts of the mid-1930s, combining first-rate production values with heavy-duty star power. Directed by Michael Curtiz with his usual economical style and talent for staging complex sequences, the film is among the best of the adventure films of its era, if at times too talkative for a film with only formulaic things to say. The United States was still suffering from the Great Depression in 1935, and films like Captain Blood provided audiences with inexpensive relief from the struggles of the era: the hero is handsome, the beautiful maiden is appealing, good triumphs over evil, and there's a happy ending, all to the stirring music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2005
UPC:
0012569591424
Original Release:
1935
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
9,808

Special Features

Closed Caption; Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the movies 1935 with:; Newsreel; Musical short Johnny Green and His Orchestra; Comedy short All-American Drawback; Cartoon billboard frolics; Theatrical trailers; New featurette Captain Blood: A Swashbuckler Is Born; Audio-only bonus: Radio production with the film's stars; English and French languages; English, French, and Spanish subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Peter Blood
Olivia de Havilland Arabella Bishop
Basil Rathbone Capt. Levasseur
Lionel Atwill Col. Bishop
Ross Alexander Jeremy Pitt
Guy Kibbee Hagthorpe
Henry Stephenson Lord Willoughby
Robert H. Barrat Wolverstone
Hobart Cavanaugh Dr. Bronson
Donald Meek Dr. Whacker
Jessie Ralph Mrs. Barlowe
Forrester Harvey Honesty Nuttall
Frank McGlynn Rev. Ogle
Holmes Herbert Capt. Gardner
David Torrence Andrew Baynes
J. Carrol Naish Cahusac
George Hassell Gen. Steed
Vernon Steele King James
Reginald Barlow Dixon
Stuart Casey Capt. Hobart
Andre Cheron Actor
E.E. Clive Court Clerk
Harry Cording Kent
Denis D'Auburn Lord Gildoy
Yola D'Avril Actor
Pedro de Cordoba Don Diego
Mary Forbes Mrs. Steed
Halliwell Hobbes Lord Sunderland
Gardner James Branded Slave
Colin Kenny Lord Chester Dyke
Murray Kinnell Clerk in Gov. Steed's Court
Maude Leslie Mrs. Baynes
Alphonse Martell Actor
Chris-Pin Martin Sentry
Tina Minard Girls in Tavern
Leonard Mudie Lord Jeffries
Henry Otho Pirate
Frank Puglia French Officer
Georges Renavent French Captain
Ivan Simpson Prosecutor
David Thursby Lookout
Tom Wilson Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
George J. Amy Editor
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Joe Brown Producer
Fred Cavens Consultant/advisor
Ahsi N. Eslid Producer
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Anton Grot Art Director
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Ray Heindorf Score Composer
Fred Jackman Special Effects
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Score Composer
Hal Mohr Cinematographer
Casey Robinson Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:42]
2. Arrested [4:50]
3. Guilty of Treason [6:00]
4. Living Death [2:54]
5. Her Very Humble Slave [5:16]
6. The FT Brand [2:20]
7. Governor's Physician [3:37]
8. For All It's Worth [5:50]
9. Makings of a Crew [2:39]
10. Chosen Company [4:06]
11. Talking Too Much [3:25]
12. Feeling Hopeless [3:08]
13. Timely Interruption [2:41]
14. Escape Through Port Royal [2:57]
15. Ship and Town Taken [3:03]
16. Taste of Their Own Iron [2:59]
17. Over the Side, Up Anchor [5:06]
18. The Name of Blood [:57]
19. Iron Man Needed [2:50]
20. Sail on, Little Ship [2:00]
21. The Greatest Captains [2:51]
22. Levasseur's Captives [4:35]
23. Blood's Purchase [4:51]
24. Partnership Ended [3:38]
25. His Possession Now [3:15]
26. Chivalry or Idiocy? [2:29]
27. Destination Jamaica [3:51]
28. My Life's My Own [2:36]
29. New King, New Mission [3:36]
30. One Ship Down [4:03]
31. Boarding the Enemy [4:46]
32. New Governor [5:55]

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