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The Spanish Main (1945)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | October 1945 (USA)
After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

George Worthing Yates (screenplay), Herman J. Mankiewicz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maureen O'Hara ... Contessa Francesca
Paul Henreid ... Capt. Laurent Van Horn
Walter Slezak ... Don Juan Alvarado
Binnie Barnes ... Anne Bonney
John Emery ... Capt. Mario Du Billar
Barton MacLane ... Capt. Benjamin Black
J.M. Kerrigan ... Pillery Gow
Fritz Leiber ... Bishop
Nancy Gates ... Lupita
Jack La Rue ... Lt. Escobar (as Jack LaRue)
Mike Mazurki ... Erik Swaine
Ian Keith ... Captain Lussan
Curt Bois ... Paree
Antonio Moreno ... Commandante
Victor Kilian ... Santa Madre Captain
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Storyline

Laurent van Horn is the leader of a band of Dutch refugees on a ship seeking freedom in the Carolinas, when the ship is wrecked on the coast of Cartagene, governed by Don Juan Alvardo, Spainish ruler. Alvarado has Laurent thrown in prison, but the latter escapes, and five-years later is a pirate leader. He poses as the navigator on a ship in which Contessa Francesca, daughter of a Mexican noble, is traveling on her way to marry Alvarado, whom she has never seen. Laurent's pirates capture the ship and Francesca, in order to save another ship, gives her hand-in-marriage to Laurent, who sails her to the pirate hideout. This irks the jealous Anne Bonney and, also, Captain Benjamin Black, who was already irked, anyway. They overpower Laurent and send Francesca to Alvarado, and then Mario du Billar, trusted right-hand man, makes a deal to deliver Laurent to Alvarado too. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Through pirate-infested waters sails a daring ship---carrying men of iron---and two women meant for love! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En la ruta de los corsarios See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was re-released by RKO as a combination package with "Badman's Territory". Exhibitors could book either film as a singer or both as a double-feature, with combo newspaper ads. See more »

Quotes

Don Juan Alvarado: Commandante, in the future, we will apply the word "beautiful" to all the ladies who have previously appeared on these premises. You will now invent a new word meaning "much more than beautiful", which will be applied exclusively to La Contessa Francesca.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The Spanish Main--cruel, oppressive and ruthless, where power alone was a man's single title to everything he held dear, including his very life. It was, thus, a cruel fate that a peaceful Dutch pilgrim ship should be driven there by torrential waves--and crash upon the rocks immediately outside Cartagena, its most remorseless citadel. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'The Quiet Man' (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Taunton Dean
From "The Jolly Crew" 1641 play at the Cockpit, Drury Lane, London
Sung by Paul Henreid
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Maureen O'Hara this time with Paul Henreid.
13 June 2011 | by LarkriseSee all my reviews

I really must say how much i enjoy this movie a great deal. It has the gorgeous Paul Henreid as the romantic hero and Beautiful Maureen O'Hara ( as two reviewers are clearly blind for one, in Hollywood of the 1940's women always looked older due to the amount of makeup and hairstyles they have and for the second, manly Jaw i have yet to see anything manly about Maureen O'Hara in any of her films. Rude just Rude.) I am now finished with my rant only to say how much i adore this movie and Walter Slezak as the baddie he always seemed to play in films of the 4o's.If Swashbuckle films of the 1930's and 1940's are your thing them make sure to check this out.


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