Captain Blood (1935)




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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 to slavery in Jamaica. Here he earns several privileges after treating the governor (George Hassell) for gout; this does not rest well with … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Casey Robinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 19, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Dr. Peter Blood

as Arabella Bishop

as Capt. Levasseur

as Col. Bishop

as Hagthorpe

as Gov. Steed

as Dr. Wacker

as Wolverstone

as Mrs. Steed

as Lord Willoughby

as Mrs. Barlowe

as Jeremy Pitt

as Honesty Nuttall

as Rev. Ogle

as Dr. Bronson

as Andrew Baynes

as Don Diego

as Lord Jeffries

as Capt. Hobart

as Lord Sunderland

as Lord Dyke

as Court Clerk

as Capt. Gardiner

as Prosecutor

as Lord Gildoy

as King James

as Branded Slave

as French Captain

as Clerk in Gov. Steed'...

as Baynes' Wife

as Girl in Tavern

as Girl in Tavern

as Pirate

as Girl in Tavern

as Girl in Tavern

as French Officer

as French Officer

as French Officer
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Critic Reviews for Captain Blood

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

Michael Curtiz, the most polished of Warner's studio technicians, starts Flynn off royally.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's a spectacle which will establish both Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
Top Critic

With a spirited and criminally good-looking Australian named Errol Flynn playing the genteel buccaneer to the hilt, the photoplay recaptures the air of high romantic adventure which is so essential to the tale.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie that launched both Flynn and the '30s cycle of swashbucklers.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Flynn's star-making swashbuckler is right on target.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Lavish pirate adventure that launched Errol Flynn onto 1930's screens and ensured that buckles would be swashed for a good few years to follow.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Captain Blood


'Jack Sparrow' you say?? Errol's first big role and a darn good one at that. Looking dashing, your typical cutlass wielding buccaneer, along with the gorgeous Havilland (at her sexiest) and good old Basil Rathbone, 'Blood' is a rousing adventure with dueling, romance and some pretty excellent looking galleon battles too. The costumes and effects are tremendous for such an old film, it looks really authentic, the dialog is brilliant with the olde English terms and phrases, all of this really gets you into the pirate mood perfectly me hearties.

The first pairing of Havilland and Flynn began a dream team that lasted for many films, all classic, and again in this you can see why. Both look good together and they were always cast in roles that just suited them (period of course) Havilland was always better at the acting side if you ask me, Flynn was kinda wooden really but he was a mans man.

Top film in all areas and with a sword fight between Rathbone and Flynn that matches the 'Robin Hood' one for moves, looks and excitement. If only they made films now like this one.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

If you love pirate movies and the stars of the 30s, you'll enjoy this movie. It has a lot of good actors, it's exciting, and hey it's a pirate movie! How could you not like this movie? Sure, it's not too spectacular, but it's got it's charm. I enjoyed it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Captain Blood marks the star-creating, breakthrough performances of both Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. It's also one of the great epics of early Hollywood. Flynn stars as Doctor Peter Blood, a man who finds himself in prison after treating a wounded man who was injured fighting in rebellion against the king. Though Blood himself was not apart of the rebellion, he's sentenced to death for treason. At the last moment, the king issues a decree that all condemned men (remaing alive) are sentenced to slavery in the island colonies. Here, he's purchased by Arabella Bishop (de Havilland), on a whim that he's so much more sophisticated than the other slaves, but Blood wants no part in being her "toy", and is sent to work among the other slaves doing hard labor. When it's discovered he's actually a very competent doctor, he's sent to treat the governor's game foot and becomes a sort of in-house doctor for the ailing old man. Blood concocts a scheme for escape which is aided greatly by the timely attack of spanish pirates upon the port. With the aid of several fellow slaves, Blood takes over a spanish ship and soon sets off for the high seas to live the life of a pirate. There are so many things that go into making this a great picture, most obviously, Flynn's performance as Captain Blood. Direction and story are also simple yet eloquent. Action/adventure blockbusters are nothing new, and while modern times have shown improvements in special effects and sound editing, there's nothing that can take the place of good old fashioned human effort. For pirate adventure, I daresay Captain Blood is better than Pirates of the Carribean any day. According to my favorite reliable source, wikipedia, swash "is the water that washes up on shore after an incoming wave has broken". I'm not sure how you buckle water the washes up on shore after an incoming wave has broken, but I can assure you Errol Flynn has buckled it.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

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