Saturday, October 22, 2011
TOP 300 MOVIES OF ALL TIME: #240 " CAPTAIN BLOOD " (1935)
Warner Brothers rolled the dice in 1935 in casting the leading rolls in remaking the silent classic "Captain Blood". Film history was made when they cast Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland in the roles. Never has casting been more fortuitous for a studio and their new super stars.
Flynn would start his career in a dashing role that would define his career. Many have said he was typecast in these kind of parts but in truth he played in many non swashbuckling films. Flynn's career in these kinds of roles are so fondly remembered because no one before (Douglas Fairbanks) or after has ever matched the physicallity of the part and the sheer charisma that drives the film making engine.
It would be years before Olivia De Havilland's range as an actress would be realized, but just four years later should deliver a moving and Oscar worthy performance as Melanie in "Gone With the Wind". Sadly, Warner Brothers never fully realized what kind of gem she was as they often failed to see in many of their stars.
The plot is simple. Flynn is Dr. Peter Blood who is helping wounded rebels is arrested,tried and convicted and sold off in the Indies as a slave. It is here he encounters DeHavilland ans many others. He does of course escape, capture a ship and with his former slave comrades embarks on a career of piracy.
This is one of the greatest action films of all time with an ever greater film score.