|CAPTAIN CAUTION (director: Richard Wallace; screenwriters: Grover Jones/novel by Kenneth Roberts; cinematographer: Norbert Brodine; editor: James Newcomb; music: Phil Ohman; cast: Victor Mature (Daniel Marvin), Louise Platt (Corunna Dorman), Leo Carillo (Lucien Argandeau), Bruce Cabot (Lehrman Slade), Robert Barrat (Capt. Dorman), Vivienne Osborne (Victorine Argandeau), Roscoe Ates (Chips), Alan Ladd (Newton, Seaman), Clifford Severn (Travers); Runtime: 84; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Hal Roach/Grover Jones/Richard Wallace; Kino Lorber (United Artists); 1940)|
|"Unconvincing but lively adventure
seafaring story, set during the War of 1812."
by Dennis Schwartz
Wallace ("Tycoon"/"Sinbad the Sailor"/"Kiss
and Tell") helms this unconvincing but lively
adventure seafaring story, set during the War of 1812.
It's filmed in black and white and never rises above a
B film. Writer Grover Jones bases the screenplay on
the novel by Kenneth Roberts.
home from a long stay in the Far East, in August 1812,
the Olive Branch, an American merchant ship, is fired
upon by an English ship and thereby realizes the
country is at war with the Brits. Captain Dorman (Robert
Barrat) is killed, and his daughter Corunna (Louise
Platt) vows revenge. Her lover, Daniel Marvin
(Victor Mature), who was raised as a boy by Captain
Dorman, vows caution in dealing with the Brit ship and
the vengeful Corunna dubs him Captain Caution because
the first mate wisely surrenders to the Brits. Her
ship is captured and the crew is imprisoned aboard the
Brit ship. Also imprisoned are French womanizing
seaman Lucien Argandeau (Leo
Carillo), his wife Victorine (Vivienne
Osborne) and Slade (Bruce Cabot),
an American slave trader. When the Brit ship is
attacked by an American vessel, the prisoners all flee
to the Olive Branch. The shifty Slade charms Corunna
and is appointed first mate. Once ashore in France, he
betrays her to the Brits for money. When she meets
Slade ashore, after her meeting with the American
Consul, he convinces her that it was Marvin who
betrayed her. They sail away together in her Olive
Branch. In the climax, Corunna discovers Slade is a
traitor and her Captain Caution is a real hero, as he
escapes Brit imprisonment and seizes a yacht to go
after Slade and win back his Corunna.
REVIEWED ON 2/6/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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