Eighty Five Years Ago Today — Captain Blood Gets Ready to Sail Again

12 Jul

July 12, 1935

Jimmy Starr
Evening Herald Express

Nearly a dozen years ago, 150 carpenters and laborers reported to work at the old Vitagraph studio on Talmadge Street. They started construction of ancient man of war vessels for the rapidly-declining film firm’s last lavish venture, Captain Blood.

Today the Warner studio now owns the Vitagraph plant, and nearly 300 carpenters and laborers are starting the construction of three Seventeenth Century war vessels for Captain Blood, to be one of the most costly of the Warner specials this year. Something near $100,000 will be spent for the ships and reproduction of the village of Port Royal on the Spanish Main.

Odd, isn’t it, that 12 years later the Vitagraph studio is again the setting for this adventuresome tale of the sea?

Vitagraph’s Captain Blood

— Tim


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  1. barb

    July 12, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks, Tim, Captain Blood is my all-time fave. Hard to believe it started production 85 years ago.