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The Spanish Main

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1945
  • Frank Borzage
  • 95 mins
  • U

Summary

Swashbuckling adventure starring Paul Henreid and Maureen O'Hara. After being wrongfully imprisoned on the Spanish island of Cartagena, Dutch captain Laurent Van Horn escapes and returns as the pirate Barracuda to take his revenge.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This hopelessly inadequate swashbuckler is partially redeemed by its ravishing 1940s Technicolor, which is used to best effect when photographing red-headed Maureen O'Hara, who here proves more than a match for leading man Paul Henreid. The Casablanca star attempts to demonstrate action-man mettle as a sea captain who turns to piracy after being wrongfully imprisoned. Walter Slezak makes a splendidly corrupt villain, but overrated director Frank Borzage hasn't a clue how to buckle a swash, and the overall result is very studio-bound and dull for long stretches.

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Credits

Cast

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FranciscaMaureen O'Hara
Laurent Van Horn, "The Barracuda"Paul Henreid
Don AlvaradoWalter Slezak
Anne BonnyBinnie Barnes
Maria Da BilarJohn Emery
Captain Benjamin BlackBarton MacLane
PilloryJ M Kerrigan
BishopFritz Leiber
LupitaNancy Gates
Lieutenant EscobarJack LaRue
SwaineMike Mazurki
Captain LussanIan Keith
Santa Madre captainVictor Kilian
Sailing masterAlfredo Sabato
PareeCurt Bois

Crew

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DirectorFrank Borzage

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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