Captain Caution
 
Series: Hal Roach feature Distribution: United Artists  Director: Richard Wallace  Cinematography: Norbert Brodine
Production: F-32 Type: Feature Producer: Hal Roach, Grover Jones, Richard Wallace  Editor: James E. Newcom
Released: 09 October 1940 Length: 9-reels Screenplay: Grover Jones Art director: Nicolai Remisoff

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On board the American freighter ship the Olive Branch, the captain's stubborn daughter Corunna is below decks practicing her piano and singing, whilst the captain and Dan Marvin, a man he rescued from a shipwreck years before, are conversing. Down below, the sailors discuss the blossoming relationship between Dan and Corunna, as she flirts with him up on deck. Eventually Dan gives in to her persistence and announces he will marry her. Her father laughs at the notion and gives Dan his sympathy. At that moment a pirate ship bearing a British flag fires a warning shot at the Olive Branch, bringing the crew to scramble around and prepare for retaliation. Dan tells the captain that the crew ought to surrender, but the captain prepares to fight. It is a decision he would regret, as the pirate ship fires and kills him. Corunna swears her revenge before the 'pirates' board their boat and tell the crew they are at war with England, but having been at sea for so long, the crew of the Olive Branch were unaware (they didn't have internet and mobile phones back in those days!)
A funeral procession takes place on board the ship with the bodies buried at sea. The ship docks and the crew from the Olive Branch are taken as slaves. Corunna is introduced to the captain's wife, Victorine, who shows some sympathy towards her.
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Facts
Production F-32 - Feature.
Copyrighted September 3, 1940.
Filming dates
July 1940.
Trivia
The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording.
The ship is called the "Olive Branch".
When Corunna is playing her piano in the opening scene she hits the wrong notes. She seems to miss the notes with her right hand, which would indicate a higher-sounding note, though the sound heard is a bass (lower) note.
The nickname of 'Captain Caution' is given to Dan Marvin by a frustrated Corunna, because he won't commit to a relationship with her.

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Victor Mature
Dan Marvin
Louise Platt
Corunna
Leo Carrillo
Argandeau
Bruce Cabot
Slade
Robert Barrat
Captain Dorman
Vivienne Osborne
Victorine
  Miles Mander
Lieutenant Strope
El Brendel
Slushy
  Roscoe Ates
Chips
  Andrew Tombes
Sad Eyes
  Aubrey Mather
Mr. Potter
  Alan Ladd
Newon
  J. Pat O'Malley
Fish peddler
  Lloyd Corrigan
Captain Stannage
  Ted Osborne
Captain Decatur
  Ann Codee
Landlandy
  Romaine Callender
English officer
  Pierre Watkin
American consul
Clifford Severn
Travers
Bud Jamison
Blinks
  Ted Billings
Prisoner in Brig
  Stanley Blystone
Tough sailor in Brig
  Sven Hugo Borg
Sailor
  Tom Coleman
Sailor
  Jack Curtis
Sailor
  Jean Del Val
French officer
  James Dime
Sailor/Barfly in pub
  Martin Faust
Marty, lookout
  Budd Fine
Sailor
  Bud Geary
Sailor
  John George
Sailor
  Leyland Hodgson
English ship's brig officer
  Olaf Hytten
Stannage's officer aide
  Colin Kenny
Jim, English ship's brig officer
  Frank Lackteen
Mr. Furneaux, Slade's mate
  Ethan Laidlaw
Prisoner in brig
  George Lloyd
Sailor drinking Emetic
  Colin Mackenzie
Sailor
  Anthony Marsh
Lt. Briggs
  Francis McDonald
French seaman in pub
  Gene Morgan
Hatch
  Charles Morton
Sailor
  Carl Mudge
Sailor
  William H. O'Brien
English sailor who pleads for water
  Jack Perry
Sailor
  John Rice
English sailor
  Constantine Romanoff
Sailor
  Philip Sleeman
Barfly in pub
  William Sundholm
Bill, sailor
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Chris Bungo (help)

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