|FRENCHMAN'S CREEK (director: Mitchell Leisen; screenwriters: from a Daphne du Maurier novel/Talbot Jennings; cinematographer: George Barnes; editor: Alma Macrorie; music: Victor Young; cast: Joan Fontaine (Dona St. Columb), Arturo de Cordova (Jean Benoit Aubrey//The Frenchman), Basil Rathbone (Lord Rockingham), Nigel Bruce (Lord Godolphin), Cecil Kellaway (William), Ralph Forbes ( Harry St. Columb), Paul Oman (Luc), Edmond (Harald Ramond), Pierre Blanc (Billy Daniels), Lady Godolphin (Moyna MacGill), Henrietta (Patricia Barker), James (David James), Prue (Mary Field), Thomas Eustick (Arthur Gould Porter), Robert Penrose (Evan Thomas), John Nankervis (Leslie Denison), Philip Rashleigh (Denis Green); Runtime: 113; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: David Lewis; Paramount; 1944)|
|"The colorful adventure features
plenty of old-fashioned thrills."
by Dennis Schwartz
Leisen ("Red Garters"/"Bedevilled"/"The Mating
Season") adequately directs this film adapted
from a spicy Daphne du Maurier novel.Talbot
Jennings is the writer.
romantic adventure is set in Restoration England, in
1668. A bored English aristocrat, Joan Fontaine,
leaves her lascivious nobleman husband (Ralph Forbes)
for her family home in Cornwall, and takes her
children. There she encounters pirates at a nearby
creek and falls in love with the romantic French
pirate, called The Frenchman, (Arturo de
Cordova). Impulsively she joins the pirates on a
raid of neighbor's (Nigel Bruce) home and then returns
home. The nobles join forces to capture the pirate,
but she frees him. In the climax, Fontaine must chose
to be with either her family or live a life of
adventure with her pirate lover.
The colorful adventure features plenty of old-fashioned thrills. It also acts as a feminist escapist fantasy film.
REVIEWED ON 3/25/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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