Captain Blood (1935)




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This film is set during the oppressive reign of King James II. Irish physician Peter Blood is condemned to slavery in Jamaica. Here he earns privileges after treating the governor for gout; this does not rest well with the owner of the plantation on which Blood is forced to work.
Action & Adventure , Classics
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Errol Flynn
as Dr. Peter Blood
Olivia de Havilland
as Arabella Bishop
Basil Rathbone
as Capt. Levasseur
Lionel Atwill
as Col. Bishop
Guy Kibbee
as Hagthorpe
George Hassell
as Gov. Steed
Donald Meek
as Dr. Wacker
Robert H. Barrat
as Wolverstone
Mary Forbes
as Mrs. Steed
Henry Stephenson
as Lord Willoughby
Jessie Ralph
as Mrs. Barlowe
Ross Alexander
as Jeremy Pitt
Forrester Harvey
as Honesty Nuttall
Frank McGlynn Sr.
as Rev. Ogle
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Dr. Bronson
David Torrence
as Andrew Baynes
Pedro de Cordoba
as Don Diego
Leonard Mudie
as Lord Jeffries
Stuart Casey
as Capt. Hobart
Halliwell Hobbes
as Lord Sunderland
Colin Kenny
as Lord Dyke
E.E. Clive
as Court Clerk
Holmes Herbert
as Capt. Gardiner
Ivan Simpson
as Prosecutor
Denis D'Auburn
as Lord Gildoy
Vernon Steele
as King James
Georges Renavent
as French Captain
James Gardner
as Branded Slave
Murray Kinnell
as Clerk in Gov. Steed's Court
Maude Leslie
as Baynes' Wife
David Thursby
as Lookout
Yola d'Avril
as Girl in Tavern
Renee Terres
as Girl in Tavern
Lucille Porcett
as Girl in Tavern
Henry Otho
as Pirate
Tina Minard
as Girl in Tavern
Alphonse Martell
as French Officer
Andre Cheron
as French Officer
Frank Puglia
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 9, 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 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
TV 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
Phil Hubbs

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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
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.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

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