Golden Age of the Silver Screen

Captain Blood (1935)

Episode #5

Warner Bros released Captain Blood to theaters on December 28, 1935. Michael Curtiz directed the film which starred Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Lionel Atwill.

Captain Blood Movie Summary

During the reign of King James II, Doctor Peter Blood is convicted of treason for attending to the wounds of an injured rebel. He escapes death when he and the other captured rebels are shipped off to the West Indies to be sold into slavery.

Once in Port Royal, Arabella Bishop purchases Doctor Blood, but he soon becomes Governor Steed’s physician. Blood uses this position to formulate a plan to escape the island.

On the day of the escape, the Spanish attack Port Royal, and ruin everything. Always the opportunist, Blood and his fellow slaves capture the Spanish ship while the Spaniards celebrate their victory on the mainland. Blood then orders the cannons to kill the Spaniards as they try to get back to their ship.

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Warner Bros released Captain Blood to theaters on December 28, 1935. Michael Curtiz directed the film which starred Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Lionel Atwill.

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4 Comments

  1. Nice podcast. Have you seen the 1976 movie Swashbuckler? Seems like something that would’ve been on the HBO loop. Might be a good LTMR. Also Michael Curtiz isn’t pronounced Curtis, it’s pronounced Curteez. He directed many great films including Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and Mildred Pierce.

    1. You could make a 10 hour blooper reel off my name mispronunciations! I’m surprised I don’t get more corrections!! Thanks though.

      I feel like I have seen Swashbuckler, but it’s been so long I couldn’t tell you anything about it. Have you seen it recently? Does it hold up?

  2. “Swashbuckler” starred post-Quint Robert Shaw and I did see it but other than that I can’t remember much except that it was rather a tongue in cheek oddity at the time. As Shaw was so memorable in other flicks, I’d say my lack of a fond impression is a good indicator of the movie’s quality. Shaw did appear in a really good movie in 1976 though – “Robin and Marian” – also starring Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery, Richard Harris, et al. I have no idea why more people aren’t aware of this one. It’s a gem.

    Rafael Sabatini was one of the most popular and prolific writers of historical fiction and is still very much worth reading. The movie “Captain Blood” is based on his novel, but the novel itself was based on the true-life biographical account of a man who was sold into slavery, fell in with pirates, and eventually managed to return to the British Isles. Sabatini is considered to have been pretty good at getting the historical detail right.

    I like both the novel and movie of “Captain Blood” but I’m a bigger fan of Sabatini’s “The Sea Hawk”, which was also made into a Flynn swashbuckler. Unfortunately, though “Captain Blood” got a good adaptation, the 1940 version of “The Sea Hawk” had little to do with the novel outside of the title. It completely skips the Moorish/English cultural clash which makes the book interesting. There is a more accurate silent version from 1924, but I find silent films hard to watch.

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