Captain Lightfoot


Action / Adventure / Drama / History / Romance / War

IMDb Rating 6.2 10 649

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Rock Hudson as Michael Martin
Barbara Rush as Aga Doherty
Finlay Currie as Callahan
Jeff Morrow as John Doherty, aka Capt. Thunderbolt
753.63 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 32 min
P/S 2 / 3

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by grahamclarke 6 / 10

A young star flexes his wings

Universal in the early Fifties was a decidedly second rate studio in desperate need of a star of their own. Director Douglas Sirk spotted Rock Hudson in a bit role and sensed star potential. Sirk almost single handedly coached and groomed Hudson towards stardom, which was achieved with the wildly successful "Magnificent Obsession" (1954). They would make eight movies together, "Captain Lightfoot" being the fourth, and the first in which Hudson would appear as an established star.

Hudson's newfound stardom is palpable throughout the movie. He exudes a boyish confidence as yet unseen in his work making this the joyful romp that Sirk intended. He is matched by a feisty Barbara Rush who played opposite him in the inferior "Taza, Son of Cochise" and supported by an cast of Irish players vastly superior to the bit players Universal would have supplied had the movie not been shot in Ireland.

Sirk's Hollywood career can be divided into three phases. First, the early years in a new country, finding his feet with some solid, if unexciting movies. The middle period was characterized by light weight comedies and trying his hand at different genres such as the western, the costume and historical dramas. Finally, would be his golden period of the melodramas for which he became famous. "Captain Lightfoot" signals the end of the middle period.

While extremely enjoyable, it lacks sufficient substance to make it memorable. Sirk fans would naturally not want to miss this, but Rock Hudson fans in particular should seek this out. He seldom seemed to be truly having such a good time as here when flexing his new grown wings of stardom.

Reviewed by ma-cortes 6 / 10

Swashbuckling adventure with British turncoats , romance , fights , kidnapping and duels

This is a 1955 Douglas Sirk film for Universal about Irish adventures , concerning a romanticized version of a pair of intrepid adventurers , starring Rock Hudson in the title role of Captain Lightfoot , and it is full of adventure, romance , intrigue , ballroom dance , action , pistol duel and Ireland rebellion . Set in Ireland in 1815 , spanking Michael Martin (Rock Hudson , he was full-blood Irish, his real name was Roy FitzGerald) , member of an Irish revolutionary society , turns highwayman to support it , and is forced to flee into outlawry and to seek shelter in Dublin , capital of Ireland . In Dublín , he meets known rebel "Captain Thunderbolt¨ (Jeff Morrow, also an Irishman in real life) posing as an aristocrat , he is really leader of the Irish resistance against the English dragoons sent to occupy Ireland by the British Crown , then Michael becomes his second-in-command , "Lightfoot¨. As a couple of Irish rebels undertake swashbuckling adventures , abducting , rescues , attacks against fortress and many other things . The flick describes their dangerous life , with captures , betrayals , perilous feats , and romance . There takes place an unforgettably beautiful love story between Michael and Thunderbolt's daughter (Barbara Rush) . Meanwhile , Thunderbolt is gunshot wound , he hides but is discovered , being betrayed by a traitor (Dennis O'Dea) , caught eavesdropping and imprisoned . Lightfoot attempts to free him from prison , disguising as a priest . The real "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" story goes back to 1818 , about two notorious highwaymen , their bold and daring robberies, and hair-bredth escapes . Together with the life and recent death, in Vermont, of a man reputed to be Thunderbolt was arrested in Springfield , Massachusetts, was tried, convicted, and hanged about 1821 . It was Martin who, just before his execution , gave the full description of his former partner, Captain Thunderbolt, who by then was a simple, kindly , somewhat overdressed country doctor quietly practicing his medicine in Dummerston and falling down on his face at the Saturday night dances .

A fine , impressive adventure and a warm , sensitive romance , including turncoats , riots , dance balls and many others things . Dealing with love , battles , death and societal constraints . The film often depends on melodrama and relies heavily on the silly love story between Hudson and Rush . The flick is made in Sirk style , including his ordinary trademarks and financed by his customary producer , Ross Hunter , and Universal International with whom he made nine films , many of which involved the collaboration of Rock Hudson, cinematographer Russell Metty or Irving Glassberg , and art director Alexander Golitzen . Weak screenplay based on novel , ¨Captain Lightfoot¨ , written by prestigious W.R. Burnett . The three principals in the cast , Rock Hudson as character name in title , Barbara Rush and Jeff Morrow , all shine in this studio vehicle for young star Rock Hudson, who is terrific in the title role , with style , sex appeal , and a good Irish accent . Jeff Morrow was especially good in one of his greatest roles as Captain Thunderbolt , Morrow had to take lessons to learn how to sword-fight from Basil Rathbone . Support cast is pretty well such as Kathleen Ryan , Finlay Currie and Denis O'Dea . To be said that inspired Michael Cimino to write the film "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" with Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges . Interestingly, this film was shot at the time Eastwood was an apprentice for Universal . We don't know whether Cimino's original inspiration came from the film or one of the books, or even from popular tales he might have heard somewhere around .

Rousing and thrilling musical score by Heinz Roemheld and Herman Stein , though uncredited . Colorful and brilliant cinematography in magnificent Technicolor by Irving Glassberg . Filmed almost entirely on location in Ireland, this was one of the first Universal pictures to be filmed away from Hollywood . Being shot on location in Clogherhead, County Louth, Ireland and Powerscourt Estate , Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland . The motion picture was professionally directed by Douglas Sirk . His first directorial stint in America was Hitler's Madman (1943) , but it is for his work at Universal International in the 1950s for which he is primarily known . Sirk got a great success , particularly the high-suds soap operas he lensed for producer Ross Hunter in the 1950s : Magnificent obsession (1954) , All That Heaven Allows (1955) and his last American film , Imitation of life (1959) . Sirk's favorite American film was the Western , Taza , son of Cochise (1954) , which was shot in 3-D , also starred by Rock Hudson and Barbara Rush . The true genesis of the Sirk cult was the realization of notorious flicks full of twisted melodrama and passion , such as : Written on the wind , Battle hymn , The Tarnished Angels , Interlude , All I desire , There's Always Tomorrow and A Time to Love and a Time to Die ; the latter is one of the best films made by the producer-director team of Ross Hunter and Douglas Sirk . Society is an omnipresent character in Sirk's films , as important as the characters played by his actors, such as Jane Wyman , Barbara Rush and Rock Hudson.

Reviewed by weezeralfalfa 8 / 10

Good historical romance in early 1800s Ireland

A story of largely landless Irish Catholic resistance against a pervasive Protestant landowning class, in the early 1800s. It's based on the novel of the same name, released the year before, in 1954. A relatively small amount of time is spent on actual violent events. It more focuses on events leading up to such physical clashes, and on the sporadic romance between highwayman Michael Martin(Lightfoot), played by Rock Hudson, and Aga Doherty(Barbara Rush), impish ingénue daughter of John Doherty(Thunderbolt), played by Jeff Morrow. Actually, the nicknames Lightfoot and Thunderbolt are used sparingly, preference being given to their given names. Rock and Barbara appear to be playing characters actually about a decade younger than themselves. The on again, off again, romance between Michael and Aga reaches low points when he gives her a good paddling for being contrary("You're acting like my father"), when she announces her imminent marriage to one of Michael's foes, to spite him, and near the end, when Michael says he leads too dangerous a life to be married(With Aga's prodding, he soon changes his mind). These events are interspersed with several very passionate kisses, which express their true feelings toward each other. She's especially impressed with his performance in a formal duel with his romantic rival, Captain Hood. There was only one acceptable outcome of this duel, which was for both to miss. After Hood missed, Michael shot into a nearby scarecrow. If he were to kill or even wound Hood, even in a formal duel, he would be in big trouble with the law.

The initial section deals with several robberies by Michael, sometimes aided by his friend Tim, in the Ballimore area. The local resistance cell refused to take stolen money for fear it would make them more harassed by the authorities. He was advised to relocate in the Dublin area, which he did, with some difficulty from the English dragoons. He was fortuitously picked up by Doherty, disguised as a parson, who took him to Dublin.

Despite the general description of Michael and Doherty as highwaymen, I didn't see Doherty participate in any robbery, and there were no further robberies by Michael. Perhaps the older Doherty was once a highwayman, but in recent times he 'robbed' the rich by encouraging them to gamble at his casino. He also had a bevy of prostitutes for hire.(Michael seemed never to have heard of such!).

Iris accents of the various players varied greatly. Rock's rather minimal display tended to wax and wane, especially toward the last part. Barbara made virtually no attempt at an accent.

Both Michael and Doherty spent a bit of time in a castle dungeon. Michael was captured trying to free Doherty. Unfortunately, others had just recently freed Doherty, and he was captured. The several hair-raising escapes from prison or from pursuing dragoons, by the 2 men, are among the action highlights.

Production values are high, and cinematography excellent, with most of the action taking place in several locations in Ireland. Fans of Hudson and Barbara should not pass this up. Some of you probably would have preferred more action scenes, which is the chief gripe I have. Available at YouTube.

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