Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951)

One Sheet Poster

Unremarkable soap opera starring and written by Errol Flynn set in pre-Civil War New Orleans.  Don’t expect a lot of swashes to be buckled—there’s nothing resembling the type of Flynn movie that we all know until the last 10 minutes or so of the film.  Vincent Price (hence the film’s inclusion in The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film) and Agnes Moorehead star alongside Errol, and Howard Vernon and Reggie Nalder (the head vampire from the 1979 TV version of ‘Salem’s Lot) are in it in minor roles, too.

Vincent Price is good (but then, wasn’t he always?) in what was a typical role for him before he became one the kings of the horror film—the smarmy, aristocratic cad who gets himself into trouble.  And you could cut glass with the sideburns he’s rocking!

I could go into a long plot synopsis here, but it’s really not worth your time.  Suffice it to say that Errol and Vinnie get involved with the same woman, who repeated stabs them in the back (figuratively speaking) time and again.  It all ends tragically, but not before a big fight breaks out on the docks of New Orleans, which almost makes the film worth sitting through.  Almost.  For Price completists and Flynn devotees only.  All others should come prepared to fight sleep for 100 minutes.

I couldn’t find any clips from the film anywhere on the Internet.  You can thank me later.

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