Christopher Columbus (1949)





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Reverent to the point of tedium, Christopher Columbus stars Fredric March in the title role, and he's welcome to it. March's wife Florence Eldredge co-stars as Queen Isabella, who finances Columbus' expedition to find a westward route to India. After several reels devoted to table-top miniatures impersonating the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria (punctuated by rumbles of mutiny--no, not "rumble rumble, mutiny mutiny") Columbus reaches the New World. Though obviously filmed on an extravagant budget (Technicolor was still a rare commodity in 1949), the British Christopher Columbus has less going for it than the 1939 Porky Pig cartoon Christopher Columbus Jr.. Filmgoers stayed away in droves, as they would when the movie industry "rediscovered" Columbus for a brace of disastrous multimillion-dollar films in 1992.
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Fredric March
as Christopher Columbus
Florence Eldridge
as Queen Isabella
Francis L. Sullivan
as Francisco de Bobadilla
Kathleen Ryan
as Beatriz Enriquez de Arana
Derek Bond
as Diego de Arana
Nora Swinburne
as Juana de Torres
Abraham Sofaer
as Luis de Santangel
Linden Travers
as Beatriz de Peraza
James Robertson Justice
as Martin Pinzon
Dennis Vance
as Francisco Pinzon
Richard Aherne
as Vicente Pinzon
Felix Aylmer
as Fr. Perez
Francis Lister
as King Ferdinand
Niall MacGinnis
as Juan de la Cosa
Lynn Evans
as Lope
Ralph Truman
as Captain
Ronald Adam
as Talavera
Guy le Feuvre
as Admiral
Lyn Evans
as Lope
David Cole
as Columbus' Son
Hugh Pryse
as Almoner
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