The Spanish Main Laurent van Horn is the leader of a band of Dutch refugees on a ship seeking freedom in the Carolinas, when the ship is wrecked on the coast of Cartagene, governed by Don Juan Alvardo, Spainish ruler. Alvarado has Laurent thrown in prison, but the latter escapes, and five-years later is a pirate leader. He poses as the navigator on a ship in which Contessa Francesca, daughter of a Mexican noble, is traveling on her way to marry Alvarado, whom she has never seen. Laurent’s pirates capture the ship and Francesca, in order to save another ship, gives her hand-in-marriage to Laurent, who sails her to the pirate hideout. This irks the jealous Anne Bonney and, also, Captain Benjamin Black, who was already irked, anyway. They overpower Laurent and send Francesca to Alvarado, and then Mario du Billar, trusted right-hand man, makes a deal to deliver Laurent to Alvarado too.
In this genre it is a fine film to be enjoyed.
The Spanish Main I am a great admirer of all the movies that Maureen O’Hara has starred in. This film represents one more entertaining and absorbing swashbuckler typical of its day wherein you have a Ms O’Hara and Paul Henreid turning in excellent performances. The plot and love interest are easily assimilated and believable. If a movie holds your attention throughout like this one does, there’s no question that it’s worth the time and popcorn! Movies are made to be enjoyed and appreciated, and I’m sure the public knows what is enjoyable because such old movies are still in circulation, and that speaks for its quality.
I really must say how much i enjoy this movie a great deal. It has the gorgeous Paul Henreid as the romantic hero and Beautiful Maureen O’Hara ( as two reviewers are clearly blind for one, in
Hollywood of the 1940’s women always looked older due to the amount of makeup and hairstyles they have and for the second, manly Jaw i have yet to see anything manly about Maureen O’Hara in any of her films. Rude just Rude.) I am now finished with my rant only to say how much i adore this movie and Walter Slezak as the baddie he always seemed to play in films of the 4o’s.If Swashbuckle films of the 1930’s and 1940’s are your thing them make sure to check this out.
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