DVR Alert: The Spanish Main (1945)

9 Jul

The Spanish Main is a seafaring, swashbuckling classic being shown late late Tuesday, July 9 (at 4:15 a.m.) as part of TCM’s monthlong Paul Henreid celebration. And I celebrate him. Really, I do.

But I celebrate Maureen O’Hara more.

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For reasons that I do not feel the need to explain.

Also, Pirates. Which usually means Walter Slezak. And in this case Binnie Barnes as the one and only Anne Bonney!

This one is really a lot of fun – by the 1950s, the swashbucklers were, with a few exceptions, starting to fray at the cuffs, but at this point, they were still pretty lush. And I don’t just mean because of Maureen O’Hara. There are ships and costumes and battles. But, yes, also because of Maureen O’Hara.

For example, compare this one to 1953’s The Siren of Baghdad next week (Tuesday, July 16 at 10:15 p.m.). With the exception of Henreid’s charm and of course, OF COURSE, Hans Conreid as Ben Ali, it’s a little shady. Still fun, yes, but not nearly as much. Maybe if you replaced the dancing slave girls with Maureen o’Hara.

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