A sweeping pirate epic with
Power as an aide to notorious buccaneer Henry Morgan (Cregar), the film opens
with Morgan pardoned from the gallows and sent to Jamaica as its new governor.
Trying to prevent his former associates from continuing their villainous
activities, Morgan encounters resistance from two renegades (Sanders and Quinn).
Power, meanwhile, falls for the daughter (O'Hara) of the former governor, but
she spurns his brazen advances. Although kidnapping her and taking her along on
his warship doesn't initially help matters, things change when Sanders and Quinn
overpower his ship, forcing Power to fight for the woman he loves.
The story and dialogue smack of the Errol Flynn adventure Captain Blood, but the film employs its cliches with such overwhelming vigor and good humor that they seem like old friends. Even though his physique isn't quite up to the more beefcake aspects of the hardsell by the producers, Power is full of marvelous dash and derring-do. Cregar, all hearty bravado, is equally wonderful, his enormous body bedecked in wigs and finery, and the practically unrecognizable Sanders, sporting a thick red wig and beard, is quite effective as a less civilized type of villain than those he usually played.
Theatrical Release: December 4th, 1942
DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Mono), DUBS: French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
by Rudy Behlmer and Maureen O'Hara
I have a feeling that this is an accurate representation of how this film looked theatrically. The colors have that same extravagant variances often seen in other early color films - you get used to it very quickly. It is also quite sharp with good contrast (blacks seem a little boosted). The anamorphic, progressive image looks quite impressive.
The commentary was acceptable - Ms. O'Hara filled the time quite nicely - although it seemed more like an interview than a commentary at times. There were a few amusing anecdotes but we are talking about a film almost 65 years old. Behlmer knows his stuff and talks quite well. The restoration comparison shares visual evidence of the superiority - frankly, I think our DVDBeaver comparisons do a better job :) - but the 2 million dollars worth of restoration are very evident (I've now heard it was closer to 5 million). Overall this film looks quite remarkable and makes for very enjoyable viewing. Fox continues to impress with its 'Studio Classics' lineup.