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Captain from Castile

Captain from Castile
Movie: Captain from Castile(January 1948 (USA))[tt0039243] Spain, 1518: young caballero Pedro De Vargas offends his sadistic neighbor De Silva, who just happens to be an officer of the Inquisition. Forced to flee, Pedro, friend Juan Garcia, and adoring servant girl Catana join Cortez' first expedition to Mexico. Arriving in the rich new land, Cortez decides to switch from exploration to conquest...with only 500 men. Embroiled in continuous adventures and a romantic interlude, Pedro almost forgets he has a deadly enemy... Written byRod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>
Title Captain from Castile
Release Date January 1948 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Adventure, Drama, History
Production Companies Twentieth Century Fox
Tyrone Power
Tyrone Power...
Pedro De Vargas...
Jean Peters
Jean Peters...
Catana Perez...
Cesar Romero
Cesar Romero...
Hernando Cortez...
Lee J. Cobb
Lee J. Cobb...
Juan Garcia...
John Sutton
John Sutton...
Diego De Silva...
Antonio Moreno
Antonio Moreno...
Don Francisco De Vargas...
Thomas Gomez
Thomas Gomez...
Father Bartolome Romero...
Alan Mowbray
Alan Mowbray...
Prof. Botello...
Barbara Lawrence
Barbara Lawrence...
Luisa De Carvajal...
George Zucco
George Zucco...
Marquis De Carvajal...
Roy Roberts
Roy Roberts...
Capt. Alvarado...
Marc Lawrence
Marc Lawrence...
Corio...

Reviews

bruce-223 on 16 February 2004
The first time I saw a version of "Captain from Castile" was on a black and white TV in the late Fifties and it became one of my favorite films which I have seen at least ten times and will continue to pull it out. It was a pleasant surprise to see the full version in color as I thought it was shot in black and whiteThis doesn't have the spectacular effects of today's films. It is just an excellent "old school" adventure film which deals with honor and loyalty which are pretty much lacking in today's films. It fired my young imagination and encouraged me to read the book by Samuel Shellabarger upon which it was based.It has a wonderful cast including Ty Power, Jean Peters, Lee J. Cobb, John Sutton, Caesar Romero, and a lot of veterans in minor rolls including Jay Silverheels (Tonto). Alfred Newman's score is good.Power was great as usual and Jean Peters turns in an excellent performance -- this was her first film.Much of the film was shot in Mexico following the actual route that Cortez followed when he was conquering the Aztecs. (Check out the live volcano in the background that was erupting while the film was shot. That ain't a painted background.)I highly recommend this film especially if you haven't seen a Tyrone Power film because this is one of his best.

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