Screen Test of Time, Ep. 58: Captain Blood
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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Captain Blood is the 1930s version of a big, brainless action movie— David suggests Jason Statham would star in this today— and yet Hollywood hadn’t yet figured out how to make a big, brainless action movie. Starring Errol Flynn as a doctor named Peter Blood (which Suzan cannot actually say without laughing) who becomes an indentured servant and then a pirate, with Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone, this movie has possibly the most confused politics of anything our hosts have watched thus far. And at the end, they break down the nominees for this, perhaps the worst year of Oscar contenders— find out if the Academy chose right in 1935!
Year Eligible: 1935 (Nominated)
Additional audio from Captain Blood (1935)