Christopher Columbus

Overview

Reverent to the point of tedium, Christopher Columbus stars Fredric March in the title role, and he's welcome to it. March's wife Florence Eldredge co-stars as Queen Isabella, who finances Columbus' expedition to find a westward route to India. After several reels devoted to table-top miniatures impersonating the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria punctuated by rumbles of mutiny--no, not "rumble rumble, mutiny mutiny" Columbus reaches the New World. Though obviously filmed on an extravagant budget Technicolor ...
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Overview

Reverent to the point of tedium, Christopher Columbus stars Fredric March in the title role, and he's welcome to it. March's wife Florence Eldredge co-stars as Queen Isabella, who finances Columbus' expedition to find a westward route to India. After several reels devoted to table-top miniatures impersonating the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria punctuated by rumbles of mutiny--no, not "rumble rumble, mutiny mutiny" Columbus reaches the New World. Though obviously filmed on an extravagant budget Technicolor was still a rare commodity in 1949, the British Christopher Columbus has less going for it than the 1939 Porky Pig cartoon Christopher Columbus Jr.. Filmgoers stayed away in droves, as they would when the movie industry "rediscovered" Columbus for a brace of disastrous multimillion-dollar films in 1992.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Films centered around the man credited with "discovering" America tend to be on the dreary side, and 1949's Christopher Columbus is no exception. The producer threw a lot of money at the story, and it shows in the exquisite costumes, lavish sets and lush Technicolor. But it took more than Queen Isabella's money to make the real Columbus' voyage a success, and it would have taken more than money to turn this Columbus into something more than a well-intentioned but ponderous spectacle. The screenplay is the chief culprit, a mish-mash of history and drama with poor structure, weak dialogue, unconvincing characterizations and an almost total lack of tension and suspense. That said, director David MacDonald still deserves his lumps for his leaden production, which is stilted and lacking in variety of pacing. Even such a talented actor as Fredric March comes across poorly, posturing wildly and vainly in an attempt to give the film an anchor but ultimately failing. Francis L. Sullivan does add some life as the villain of the piece, and as previously mentioned, the production benefits visually from its generous budget. But there's little else to recommend here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2011
  • UPC: 089859874826
  • Original Release: 1949
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 59,574

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fredric March Christopher Columbus
Florence Eldridge Isabella of Spain
Francis L. Sullivan Francisco de Bobadilla
Linden Travers Beatriz de Peraza
Kathleen Ryan Beatriz
Derek Bond Diego de Aranas
Nora Swinburne Juana de Torres
Abraham Sofaer Luis de Santangel
James Robertson Justice Martin Pinzon
Dennis Vance Francesco Pinzon
Richard Aherne Vincente Pinzon
Felix Aylmer Father Perez
Francis Lister King Ferdinand
Edward Rigby Pedro
Ronald Adam Talavera
David Cole Columbus' Son
Lynn Evans Lope
Guy le Feuvre Admiral
Stuart Lindsell Prior
Niall MacGinnis Juan de la Cosa
Hugh Pryse Almoner
Ralph Truman Captain
Technical Credits
David MacDonald Director
Arthur Bliss Score Composer
Muriel Box Screenwriter
Sydney Box Screenwriter
Frank F. Bundy Producer
Maurice Carter Production Designer
Stephen Dade Cinematographer
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
David Harcourt Cinematographer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Cyril Roberts Screenwriter
Vladimir Sagovsky Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Rank Collection: Christopher Columbus
1. Intro [5:43]
2. Providence [7:14]
3. For the Crown [7:22]
4. All I Want [8:34]
5. Marry Him [10:05]
6. Change of Heart [7:38]
7. Moving Star [9:34]
8. Mutiny? [5:13]
9. Grim Promise [5:31]
10. Greater Glory [7:52]
11. More Wonders [10:04]
12. I the Queen [9:54]
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