The Spanish Main

Film, Action and adventure
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No scope for Borzage's gorgeously swooning, religiose romanticism in this swashbuckler, one of his most conventional movies. But it's also very enjoyable, most notably for Slezak, revelling as the villainous Spanish viceroy whose intended (O'Hara in fine fiery mood) is abducted by honest pirate Henreid, and for George Barnes' lavish Technicolor photography, which makes the most of the glorious sets, costumes and locations. If the script (co-written by Herman J Mankiewicz and George Worthing Yates) is hackneyed, Borzage films it with just the right amount of tongue in cheek. Wittier than Polanski's Pirates by a long way.

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Release details

Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Frank Borzage
Screenwriter: George Worthing Yates, Herman J Mankiewicz
Cast: Paul Henreid
Maureen O'Hara
Walter Slezak
Binnie Barnes
John Emery
Barton MacLane
JM Kerrigan
Nancy Gates
Fritz Leiber
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