Captain Blood
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When British actor Robert Donat dropped out of Warner Bros. Captain Blood, the studio took a chance on its new contractee, Tasmania-born Errol Flynn. Adapted from the novel by Rafael Sabatini, the film is set during the oppressive reign of King James II. Irish physician Peter Blood (Errol Flynn), arrested for treating a wounded anti-crown rebel, is condemned to slavery in Jamaica. Here he earns several privileges after treating the governor (George Hassell) for gout; this does not rest well with Lionel Atwill, the wicked owner of the plantation on which Blood is forced to work. Nor is Atwill… More

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"Michael Curtiz, the most polished of Warner's studio technicians, starts Flynn off royally."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The movie that launched both Flynn and the '30s cycle of swashbucklers."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Not nearly as exciting as 1940's The Sea Hawk but a sturdy first swashbuckling foray for Flynn."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"It's a spectacle which will establish both Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Flynn's star-making swashbuckler is right on target."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"That's how to recreate Fairbanks bravado!"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"...still holds up today as one of those too-good-to-be-true Hollywood success stories."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"can verge on adventure overkill"
‑ Christopher Null,
"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."
‑ Andre Sennwald, New York Times
"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."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"It's hard to underestimate its impact at the time, but it's still very effective to this day."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Back then, Warner Brothers sure knew how to make these adventures a great time at the movies and today, "Captain Blood" is immensely captivating."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"...a great costume epic and quite a lot of fun."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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