Chris’ Picks for May 2023: Captains Courageous (1937), Captain Blood (1935), The Captain’s Paradise (1953)

Elizabeth’s Books, in the heart of the Town of Lunenburg’s bookselling district, boasts a rental library of more than five thousand DVDs. The shop usually opens around 6 p.m. each evening, never closing earlier than 10 p.m. Each month, proprietor Chris Webb recommends films for your consideration.

This month’s picks: Captains Courageous (1937), Captain Blood (1935), The Captain’s Paradise (1953)

“This is Captain’s Month,” says Chris. 

Captains Courageous was the first MGM film to be shown on television in 1955 – viewers were treated to actual footage of the Bluenose itself filling in for New England fishing schooner “We’re Here” in this tale of a business tycoon’s spoiled son finding himself at sea.

Captain Blood is the swashbuckling pirate film that brought fame to Golden Age of Hollywood megastar Errol Flynn– who sought investments in 1940 in a business seeking to unearth Captain Kidd’s alleged treasure on Oak Island.

The Captain’s Paradise is a passenger-ship comedy starring Alec Guinness as a captain of a passenger ship between Gibraltar and Spanish Morocco with two wives. Guinness’ most famous role is Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, a series of films that went on to feature actress Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Senator Pamlo in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Duncan-Brewster was in Lunenburg last year filming Washington Black for Disney+.


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