Who was reading: A woman with a lightly spiked pixie cut and wire-rimmed glasses in traffic-cone orange. At one point she rested her hands on the open book and indulged both thumbs in a tightly wound twiddle. Perhaps she imagined herself turning the wheel of a very tiny wooden ship.
Charged with treason... Dr. Peter Blood is shipped to the colonies as a slave. But chains can’t bind his mutinous heart, and before long he escapes with a rag-tag band of convict-slaves and fashions himself one of the most hated and feared buccaneers in the Caribbean.
Based on 5 or 6 true stories lumped into one. Most notably, that of a physician named Henry Pitman who was swept up in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 and sentenced to Transportation. Similar to Blood, Pitman escaped enslavement in Barbados by sailing off on a pirate ship. Only difference was he never actually became a pirate.
Now a Major Motion Picture! And by “now” I mean “as of 1935.” Sorry to say Errol Flynn was a bit of a milquetoast in the role. I think it’s high time they did a re-make with Van Damme in the captain’s chair.