Monday, May 23, 2011

RMT: Pirates! Captain Blood

As part of Random Magic Tour: Pirates!, it’d be fun to swap some great pirate yarns - or just listen to a few great tales about the sweet trade, the black flag, pirate queens or the Brethren of the Coast.

We have a fun treat for you! Before television, people gathered around the radio to enjoy a dose of drama, romance, comedy and mystery - an enticing 'theater of the mind,' bringing stories vividly to life with nothing but sound.

Here's a great vintage broadcast of the swashbuckling tale of a wronged man who takes to the seas with a band of rebels, in Captain Blood (1935), based on the 1922 novel by Rafael Sabatini.

The story of Captain Blood is a perennial favorite with readers who crave romantic tales of dashing personalities and feats of derring-do, and of course makes for a thrilling spectacle on the big screen - and even as a simple story told in silence and sound.

Feel free to take an hour or two to turn off the TV, make yourself comfortable, start the radio show and listen to a wild and romantic tale unfold, as the stars of the 1935 film - Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone - paint for you...a picture. A picture - of a pirate king.

Show notes:
Vintage radio show: Captain Blood (1937)
Co-starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone
Note: Radio show (1937) believed to be in public domain (U.S.), but film version (1935) is not.

Auto-play, playlist version for all 5 segments.

The pirate tour is related to the book Random Magic, which has some great pirate scenes.

Shown above: Book trailer, Random Magic

About Random Magic:
When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world vanishes.

Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan. Such as it is. Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen, whatwolves, pirates, Strüths, and fluttersmoths, Priscilla and Charybdis, obnoxiously cheerful vampires, Baron Samedi, a nine-dimensional cat, and one perpetually inebriated Muse to rescue Alice and save the world by tea

If you’d like to find some more fun pirate features, feel free to visit Random Magic Tour: Pirates! for reviews, video features, photo galleries and music about pirates and other seafaring rebels and rogues.

You might also have fun reading about seafaring grub, pirate slang, or famous pirate queens (Pirate Queens series), or just checking out some great pirate quotes from Random Magic.

All told, it’s a treasure trove of all things piratical. If it sounds like fun, feel free to jump aboard as we weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen.


join the hunt for coins
to win pirate booty!


* guest post from Random Magic Tour: Pirates!

~-~~-~ ...and a bottle o'rum schedule ~-~~-~


  1. I love Captain Blood, movie and book! One of the best pirate stories ever. :)

  2. Captain Blood! Captain Blood!!!! *_*
    Best pirate movie ever! *_*

  3. Haven't read or watched Captain Blood! :/
    The Radio show is so cool, i love the way they speak! :P
    Thanks for the clips!


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