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Fortunes of Captain Blood

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Fortunes of Captain Blood
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGordon Douglas
Screenplay by
Based onCaptain Blood, His Odyssey
1922 novel
by Rafael Sabatini
Produced byHarry Joe Brown
StarringLouis Hayward
CinematographyGeorge E. Diskant
Edited byGene Havlick
Music byPaul Sawtell
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 19, 1950 (1950-05-19)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Fortunes of Captain Blood is a 1950 pirate film directed by Gordon Douglas.[1] Based on the famous Captain Blood depicted in the original 1922 novel and subsequent collections of stories written by Rafael Sabatini, Fortunes was produced by Columbia Pictures as yet another remake about the notorious swashbuckler.

The film is complete with daring sword fights, sensational sea battles, intrigue, and a vivacious love interest. It later spawned a sequel from the same cast and crew only two years later entitled Captain Pirate.


The film follows the standard story about Captain Blood: arrested and sentenced to slavery for his treatment of a wounded rebel during the Monmouth Rebellion, Dr. Peter Blood, with a group of fellow prisoners, has escaped and become a feared buccaneer on the high seas. King Charles II of Spain calls upon the Marquis de Riconete, the governor of Rio de La Hacha, to capture the elusive Captain Blood and end his attacks upon Spanish ships.

Blood is safe until he tries to resupply his ship; when a party of his men go ashore, they are betrayed by their supplier and captured by the human trafficker George Fairfax, who sells them to the Marquis. After revictualling and rearming at Tortuga, Blood then secretly returns to La Hacha disguised as a fruit seller to find and rescue his loyal crew, who even while being tortured by the Marquis have refused to reveal the location of their captain. During his search, he befriends Pepita Rosados, a beautiful flirt who reveals to Blood that many of Fairfax's prisoners are dying. Blood then confronts Fairfax about the deplorable situation, and finds that Fairfax is having troubles with Isabelita Sotomayor, the niece of the Marquis. The Marquis then decides to arrest Fairfax for his supposed involvement with Blood, so his troops secretly follow Isabelita to his house. She pleads with Fairfax to alleviate her boredom with the island, offering him money to carry her to Spain. After their discussion, the troops enter and a fight ensues.

Still disguised as a fruit seller, Blood treats the wounded Fairfax in a nearby tavern and offers Isabelita passage to Spain if she convinces her uncle to pardon Fairfax. She agrees, and using his newfound insider information Blood discovers the seal of the Marquis. Unfortunately, he mistakes the forgery and after revealing his mistaken note to the prison guard a battle ensues. Blood and his men escape, however the Marquis is not willing to abandon his search.

Isabelita is shocked to discover that her uncle plans to torture the local tavern owner to find the captain, so she reveals Blood's location, thinking he has already set sail. Unfortunately, the incoming tide has prevented his escape, and the Marquis confronts Blood at sea. A fiery battle ensues, with the flaming ship of the Marquis ultimately trying to ram Captain Blood. Luckily, Blood and his crew manage to destroy the vessel before the deadly flames could reach them. After the pirates' victory, Blood sails away and Isabelita vows to stay on the island and create a new government without unfree labor.



The Fortunes of Captain Blood was a collection of six stories by Rafael Sabatini published in 1936, the year after the release of the 1935 film Captain Blood starring Errol Flynn.[2]

In July 1949 Columbia announced they would make The Fortunes of Captain Blood produced by Harry Joe Brown.[3] Louis Hayward was linked to the project that month.[4]

Filming was meant to start 1 October 1949 but was pushed back.[5] H. B Humberstone was the original director announced.[6] However, on 21 October Gordon Douglas took over.[7] Filming eventually began in November.[8]


  1. ^ FORTUNES OF CAPTAIN BLOOD Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 17, Iss. 193, (Jan 1, 1950): 104.
  2. ^ Captain Blood Returns: THE FORTUNES OF CAPTAIN BLOOD. By Rafael Sabatini. 240 pp. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. $2. B.S. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]15 Nov 1936: BR35.
  3. ^ MOVIELAND BRIEFS Los Angeles Times (1923–1995); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]26 July 1949: 14.
  4. ^ BETTE DAVIS SEEKS TO LEAVE WARNERS. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]26 July 1949: 31.
  5. ^ MONTALBAN IN LEAD OF METRO MYSTERY: Will Star in Spiegelgass' Story About Murder Solved by Harvard Crime Clinic By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. New York Times 4 Aug 1949: 19. ,
  6. ^ DOLORES DEL RIO SOUGHT BY METRO:. New York Times 6 Oct 1949: 40.
  7. ^ STEVENSON NOVEL COMING TO SCREEN: . New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]22 Oct 1949: 11.
  8. ^ Jane Greer Gets Wish for Comedy; Patricia Medina Signs for 'Blood' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 1 Nov 1949: 21.

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