Captain Blood

1935

Captain Blood

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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.

Cast

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
Robert H. Barrat
as Wolverstone
Donald Meek
as Dr. Wacker
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
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Dr. Bronson
David Torrence
as Andrew Baynes
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
James Gardner
as Branded Slave
Georges Renavent
as French Captain
Murray Kinnell
as Clerk in Gov. Steed's Court
Maude Leslie
as Baynes' Wife
Yola d'Avril
as Girl in Tavern
Renee Terres
as Girl in Tavern
Henry Otho
as Pirate
Lucille Porcett
as Girl in Tavern
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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  • Sep 12, 2018
    This feels like a summer blockbuster, 1935-style. A doctor (Errol Flynn) is convicted after he treats an injured rebel in 17th century England, and sentenced with others to be a slave in the West Indies. The practice with dissidents and undesirables (such as the Irish) is based on historical fact, as is the cruelty of Judge Jeffreys, who is portrayed. Flynn catches the eye of the niece of the colonel there (Olivia de Havilland, at the tender age of 19), who tries to help him by purchasing him, and then getting him assigned as the governor's physician. He doesn't show his gratitude since he still doesn't have his freedom, but as you can guess, the two swirl around one another for the entire movie. When Flynn escapes and becomes a pirate, he'll eventually help de Havilland out of a jam she's in with a French pirate (Basil Rathbone), who wants to take advantage of her, and thus, the roles become reversed, and she becomes his property. The movie has some great action scenes - escapes, naval battles, and a brilliant swordfight on the rocky shore between Flynn and Rathbone. There is such a lightness to the film, mainly because of the energy and bravado Flynn brings to the role, and his dialogue, which is direct to the point of being irreverent. There is an honor in the articles of agreement he draws up with the pirate band, which declare brotherhood, the sharing of plunder, and the protection of captive women from molestation (wow!). It seems a little humorous when he assigns various cash rewards to those who lose limbs in battle, the highest being for those who lose a right arm, but you can think of them as veteran's benefits. We don't ever see him killing an innocent man, so this idealized pirate is clearly the focal point of virtue in an empire with a cruel king, judge, and governor. At 26, Flynn was unproven in Hollywood, but he's perfect for the part, and makes the movie. de Havilland is not quite as strong in this early film for her (one of four from 1935, the first year of her career), but you can certainly see her promise, and the chemistry with Flynn. Watch this one if you love this pairing, or are in the mood for a classic action film, one that almost feels modern. Seeing it as part of a double feature with 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' (1938) may also be fun.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2016
    Led by the charismatic Errol Flynn, this swashbuckling adventure is exciting from start to finish.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2010
    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
  • Apr 17, 2010
    Errol Flynn's breakthrough role. Captain Blood is an entertaining tale of an enslaved doctor who escapes with his fellow pirates to become the most feared pirates on the seas. Flynn took Hollywood by storm after this role, and you can see why. He was wonderfully charismatic in his swashbuckling roles, and even though he was at times a little wooden in this, he made up for it when the action started. Overall a good adventure movie worth looking out for.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer

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