WriterAeneas MacKenzie, George Worthing Yates, Herman J. Mankiewicz Release dateOctober 4, 1945 (1945-10-04) (U.S.) CastPaul Henreid (Capt. Laurent Van Horn), Maureen O'Hara (Contessa Francesca), Walter Slezak (Don Juan Alvarado), Binnie Barnes (Anne Bonney), John Emery (Mario Du Billar), Barton MacLane (Capt. Benjamin Black) Similar moviesPeter Pan, The Samurai Pirate, Treasure Island, Captain Phillips, Pan, Peter Pan
TaglineLoving her . . . taming her . . . called for all his reckless daring!
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The Spanish Main (1945) is an adventure film starring Paul Henreid, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak and Binnie Barnes, and directed by Frank Borzage. It was RKO's first all-Technicolor film since Becky Sharp ten years before.
Cinematographer George Barnes received an Academy Award nomination for Best Color Cinematography. Though a box office hit upon its first release, the film is chiefly remembered today for its lavish and intricate score by Hanns Eisler.
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Dutch sea captain Laurent van Horn (Paul Henreid) is shipwrecked off the coast of the Spanish settlement of Cartagena. After being held and sentenced to death, Van Horn and his crew manage to escape. Five years later, Van Horn has established himself as the mysterious pirate known only by the name of his ship: The Barracuda. After infiltrating the vessel ferrying her to her wedding, they capture Contessa Francisca Alvarado (Maureen O'Hara) who has been arranged to marry the corrupt governor (Walter Slezak). Wishing to avoid further bloodshed aboard the escort ship, Francisca offers to marry Van Horn if he will spare the escort, to which he agrees. Over time Francisca and Van Horn become attracted to each other and set out to defeat the villainous governor Don Juan Alvarado and treacherous pirates Du Billar (John Emery) and Capt. Black (Barton MacLane).
Maureen O'Hara as Francisca Alvarado
Paul Henreid as Capt. Laurent van Horn
Walter Slezak as Don Juan Alvarado
Binnie Barnes as Anne Bonny
John Emery as Mario Da Bilar
Barton MacLane as Capt. Black
J.M. Kerrigan as Pillery Gow
Fritz Leiber as Bishop
Nancy Gates as Lupita
Jack La Rue as Lt. Escobar (as Jack LaRue)
Mike Mazurki as Erik Swaine
Ian Keith as Captain Lussan
Curt Bois as Paree
Antonio Moreno as Commandante
Victor Kilian as Santa Madre Captain
The film includes the character Anne Bonny (Barnes), in a fictionalized account of the real-life well-known female pirate.
The film was successful and made a profit of $1,485,000.