|Directed by||David Smith|
|Written by||Jay Pilcher |
C. Gardner Sullivan
|Based on|| Captain Blood, His Odyssey |
by Rafael Sabatini
|Produced by||Albert E. Smith|
|Cinematography||Steve Smith Jr.|
|Edited by||Albert Jordan|
|Distributed by||Vitagraph Company of America|
|September 21, 1924|
|110 minutes; 11 reels (10,680 feet)|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Captain Blood is a 1924 American silent adventure film based on the 1922 novel Captain Blood, His Odyssey by Rafael Sabatini. Produced and distributed by the Vitagraph Company of America, the film is directed by David Smith, brother of Vitagraph founder Albert E. Smith. Early silent film hero J. Warren Kerrigan stars along with resident Vitagraph leading actress Jean Paige, who was also married to Albert E. Smith.
A restored print was shown at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival in 2018.
In 1925, Warner Brothers was on the verge of taking over the historic Vitagraph Company. When Warners decided to remake Captain Blood in 1935 with Errol Flynn, they would have owned the screen rights to the Sabatini novel which came as part of the Vitagraph buyout.
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