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Spanish Main
     

The Spanish Main

Director: Frank Borzage

Cast: Paul Henreid, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak

 
RKO Radio's first film in the three-color Technicolor process was the standard-issue swashbuckler The Spanish Main. Paul Henried is his usual stoic self as Laurent Van Horn, a Dutch sea captain shipwrecked on the coast of Cartagena, a Spanish-held island. Sentenced to be hanged, Van Horn and his crew escape from jail and take up piracy as revenge against Spain.

Overview

RKO Radio's first film in the three-color Technicolor process was the standard-issue swashbuckler The Spanish Main. Paul Henried is his usual stoic self as Laurent Van Horn, a Dutch sea captain shipwrecked on the coast of Cartagena, a Spanish-held island. Sentenced to be hanged, Van Horn and his crew escape from jail and take up piracy as revenge against Spain. Soon afterward, they capture a ship carrying Francisca (Maureen O'Hara), the fiance of Cartagena's corrupt governor Don Alvarado (Walter Slezak). Van Horn vengefully forces Francisca to marry him instead, which causes dissension at the Pirate colony of Tortuga. Naturally, Van Horn and Francisca eventually fall in love with each other, but the bad guys must be vanquished before a happy ending can be realized. Binnie Barnes steals the show as feisty female buccaneer Anne Bonney (who in real life looked less like Barnes and more like Walter Slezak!) The script is a cynical melange of pirate-movie cliches and the performances are generally routine, but The Spanish Main pleased the crowd in 1945, posting a profit of nearly $1.5 million and encouraging future Technicolor adventure films from RKO.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2012
UPC:
0883316677841
Original Release:
1945
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
23,935

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Henreid Laurent Van Horn
Maureen O'Hara Francisca
Walter Slezak Don Alvarado
Binnie Barnes Anne Bonney
John Emery Du Billar
Barton MacLane Capt. Black
J.M. Kerrigan Pillery
Fritz Leiber Bishop
Nancy Gates Lepita
Jack LaRue Lt. Escobar
Mike Mazurki Swaine
Ian Keith Capt. Lussan
Curt Bois Paree
Antonio Moreno Commandante
Demetrius Alexis Actor
George Bruggeman Actor
Ray Cooper Actor
Marcelle Corday Senora Perez
Abe Dinovitch Singer
Norma Drury Senora Montalvo
Chuck Hamilton Actor
Al Haskell Actor
Jamiel Hasson Actor
Brandon Hurst Capt. Salter
Tom Kennedy Capt. McLeon
Victor Kilian Santa Madre Captain
Bob O'Connor Master at Arms
Cosmo Sardo Actor
Dan Seymour Jailer
Ray Spiker Bully
Jean Valjean Actor
Max Wagner Actor
Leo White Hairdresser
Jack Wise Manicurist
Juan De La Cruz Major-Domo
Alfredo Sabato Sailing Master
Leo Schlesinger Spanish Guard
Alf Haugan Actor
Don Avalier Pirate

Technical Credits
Frank Borzage Director
Stephen Ames Associate Producer
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
George Barnes Cinematographer
Lew Borzage Asst. Director
Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration/Design
Carroll Clark Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Ralph Dawson Editor
Hanns Eisler Score Composer
Robert M. Fellows Executive Producer
Aeneas MacKenzie Original Story
Herman Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
George Worthing Yates Screenwriter

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