Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

Fredric March
Director: David MacDonald Cast: Fredric March
Fredric March
, Florence Eldridge
Florence Eldridge
, Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
David MacDonald


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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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Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2011
UPC: 0089859874826
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 60,873

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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
Lynn Evans Lope
Stuart Lindsell Prior
Ronald Adam Talavera
David Cole Columbus' Son
Guy le Feuvre Admiral
Niall MacGinnis Juan de la Cosa
Hugh Pryse Almoner
Ralph Truman Captain

Technical Credits
David MacDonald Director
Arthur Bliss Score Composer
Sydney Box Screenwriter
Muriel 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

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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