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The Spanish Main (1945)

The Spanish Main (1945)

The Spanish Main

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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: George Worthing Yates, Herman J. Mankiewicz
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On DVD: Nov 6, 2012
Runtime:
RKO Pictures

Cast

Paul Henreid
as Capt. Laurent Van Ho...
Maureen O'Hara
as Contessa Francesca
Walter Slezak
as Don Juan Alvarado
Binnie Barnes
as Anne Bonney
John Emery
as Du Billar
Barton MacLane
as Capt. Black
Jack LaRue
as Lt. Escobar
Ian Keith
as Capt. Lussan
Victor Kilian
as Santa Madre Captain
Curt Bois
as Paree
Antonio Moreno
as Commandante
Alfredo Sabato
as Sailing Master
Brandon Hurst
as Capt. Salter
Bob O'Connor
as Master at Arms
Tom Kennedy
as Capt. McLeon
Marcelle Corday
as Senora Perez
Norma Drury
as Senora Montalvo
Juan de la Cruz
as Major-Domo
Leo White
as Hairdresser
Cosmo Sardo
as Spanish Guard
Leo Schlesinger
as Spanish Guard
Jack Wise
as Manicurist
Ray Cooper
as Officer
Alf Haugan
as Officer
Al Haskell
as Officer
Jean Valjean
as Officer
Carl Deloro
as Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Spanish Main

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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

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

It hardly seems the work of Frank Borzage.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Slant Magazine

A conventional pirate story that's given a colorful treatment under Frank Borzage's helmsmanship.

Full Review… | April 17, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Spanish Main

Although it lacks originality and copied many pirate themed movies from previous years, it is entertaining and certainly is a well made film. The cinematography is spectacular and was nominated for an Academy Award. The cast is fine, especially Binnie Barnes in a supporting role. Lavish costume design and the art direction is excellent. Good rousing score. It's a basic story, and it is predictable but it's so nice to look at it's well worth watching.

jam233
James Higgins

68/100. Although it lacks originality and copied many pirate themed movies from previous years, it is entertaining and certainly is a well made film. The cinematography is spectacular and was nominated for an Academy Award. The cast is fine, especially Binnie Barnes in a supporting role. Lavish costume design and the art direction is excellent. Good rousing score. It's a basic story, and it is predictable but it's so nice to look at it's well worth watching.

jazza923
James Higgins

The Spanish Main Quotes

Anne Bonney: Ripp me, if it's not the Barracuda!
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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