Captain Blood (1935)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Swashbuckler, Costume Adventure  |   Release Date - Dec 19, 1935 (USA)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Richard Gilliam

Captain Blood is typical of the better-grade Warner Bros. efforts of the mid-1930s, combining first-rate production values with heavy-duty star power. Directed by Michael Curtiz with his usual economical style and talent for staging complex sequences, the film is among the best of the adventure films of its era, if at times too talkative for a film with only formulaic things to say. The United States was still suffering from the Great Depression in 1935, and films like Captain Blood provided audiences with inexpensive relief from the struggles of the era: the hero is handsome, the beautiful maiden is appealing, good triumphs over evil, and there's a happy ending, all to the stirring music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold.