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Captain Caution (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 9 August 1940 (USA)
When her father dies, a young woman helps a young man take command of the ship to fight the British during the war of 1812.

Director:

Richard Wallace

Writers:

Kenneth Roberts (novel), Grover Jones (screen play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Dan Marvin
Louise Platt ... Corunna
Leo Carrillo ... Argandeau
Bruce Cabot ... Slade
Robert Barrat ... Capt. Dorman
Vivienne Osborne ... Victorine
Miles Mander ... Lieut. Strope
El Brendel ... Slushy
Roscoe Ates ... Chips
Andrew Tombes ... Sad Eyes
Aubrey Mather ... Mr. Potter
Alan Ladd ... Newton
J. Pat O'Malley ... Fish Peddler (as Pat O'Malley)
Lloyd Corrigan ... Capt. Stannage
Ted Osborne Ted Osborne ... Capt. Decatur
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Storyline

When her father dies, a young woman helps a young man take command of the ship to fight the British during the war of 1812.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Fury See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

J. Pat O'Malley's first film. See more »

Crazy Credits

Shown at beginning of film: In the early days, the life of a freighter was fraught with perils. Of these, none had a more unique experience than the American bark Olive Branch, which, on August 4, 1812, was one hundred and eight days out of port, bound from China to her home in Arundel, Maine. See more »

Soundtracks

Que Voulez-Vous?
(1940)
(published as "Que Voulez Vous?")
Music by Phil Ohman
Lyrics by Foster Carling
Played on a lute and sung by Vivienne Osborne (uncredited)
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Starts off pretty well but soon bogs down into a dull and pretty silly story
26 February 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The first few minutes of this film hooked me and I had hopes that it would be an excellent film. After all, the idea of a film set during the War of 1812 was intriguing--this is a subject rarely talked about in movies. However, after a short time, it became obvious that the film was high on the anachronism factor--in other words, having people behaving totally uncharacteristically from that time period. The notion of a lady sea captain setting off to attack and punish the British just never would have or could have happened in 1812. While this was silly, it still didn't mean the film couldn't have been exciting. Unfortunately, even if you ignore this plot problem, about a half hour into the film it also became amazingly dull and talky. Instead of an Errol Flynn-style adventure film, it just all ground to an almost complete halt. Sure, it picked up for the rousing conclusion, but by then I had really lost interest and just wanted the whole thing to end due to poor writing. Plus, in this conclusion, it made fighting in a naval battle look FUN! This "fun" element is pretty stupid as well as a bit disturbing--and further evidence it is a mediocre film.


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