September 19th, 2011: Captain Blood (1935)

Cast and Crew: Michael Curtiz (Director); Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner (Executive Producers); Olivia De Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone, Guy Kibbee, Donald Meek, J. Carrol Naish

What It’s About: Dr. Peter Blood (Errol Flynn) is an Irish doctor who makes the mistake of helping a wounded rebel during the rebellion against James II.  Exiled in Jamaica, Blood and the surviving revolutionaries are sold at a slave auction. Dr. Blood plans an escape with the former rebels, which fortuitously occurs during a Spanish attack.  Blood and his men capture one of the Spanish ships and become pirates, the scourge of the Caribbean, until war between England and France presents them a choice: do they aid their former country or remain neutral pirates?

Why Watch it Today?: Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, mateys, so why not sit down with some grog and one of the greatest pirate yarns of them all.  Ya won’t be disappointed.

Where to Get It: iTunes, Amazon, Netflix (rental), or Libraries

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