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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.
Flynn's star-making swashbuckler is right on target.
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.
That's how to recreate Fairbanks bravado!
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.
michael curtiz vigorously directs young unknown Australian actor Errol Flynn's first leading role in what would bring pirating adventure as a genre full to the public's eye. And the heat generated between he and fellow star and relative unknown Olivia de havilland would last Warner Brothers good for many pictures to come. Even rousing if seen today after the big money Disney outings.
'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.
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.
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.
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