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
Dec 28, 1935 Wide
Apr 19, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Michael Curtiz, the most polished of Warner's studio technicians, starts Flynn off royally.
It's a spectacle which will establish both Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.
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.
The movie that launched both Flynn and the '30s cycle of swashbucklers.
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.
Crammed full of all the adventure that $1 million in 1935 dollars could buy... It's all so much candy, I guess, but candy made with the utmost precision and attention.
It's hard to underestimate its impact at the time, but it's still very effective to this day.
The young Errol Flynn shows that he is the perfect swasbuckling hero in Michael Curtiz's enjoyable remake of the 1923 silent; three years later, Flynn made the more impressive Adventures of Robin Hood, also with Olivia De Havilland.
...still holds up today as one of those too-good-to-be-true Hollywood success stories.
Back then, Warner Brothers sure knew how to make these adventures a great time at the movies and today, "Captain Blood" is immensely captivating.
Not nearly as exciting as 1940's The Sea Hawk but a sturdy first swashbuckling foray for Flynn.
This is Flynn's show, and he is exhilarating in the film which launched his career.
Flynn at his best. Curtiz at the top of his form
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