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Captain Black Jack(1952)

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       The working title of this film was The Man from Tangiers. Although the Variety review describes this film as a Franco-American picture, other sources describe it as a Franco-Spanish production; it has not been possible to establish the extent of American financial participation in this film. It was released in at least two versions, the longer "European" version, which is available in the U.S. on videocassette, and the version distributed in the U.S. in the 1950s, which is shorter. The credits and summary above are based on the shorter version.
       In January 1951, Variety reviewed the film from Paris, where it played as Black Jack, and gave the running time as 105 minutes. The review also stated that the film was being exhibited in two versions, probably French and English. A April 9, 1952 Daily Variety news item reported that Walter Gould, a former United Artists executive, had bought the American distribution rights to the film and would release it through Classic Pictures on a states rights basis. Hollywood Reporter reviewed that version in July 1952 and listed a running time of 83 minutes, but the print viewed ran 92 minutes. The print carried a "Copyright MCML by Walter Gould" notice, although it was not registered with the Copyright Office. Gould appears to have subsequently turned the film over to United Artists, as the print viewed bore that company's logo.
       Several spelling errors and other discrepancies appear in the credits of the American version. In the production credits, the following names are misspelled: Jos Antonio Nieves Conde's name is spelled Jos A. Neves Conde; Alfonso Nieva's name is spelled Alfonso Neva; and Rafael Carrillo's name is spelled Rafael Carillo. In the cast credits, these names are misspelled: Carlos Villaras' name is spelled Carlos Villara; Rafael Bardem's name is spelled Rafael Barden; Margarita Aleixandre's name is spelled Margarita Alexander; and Manolo Caracol's name is spelled Manola Caracol. Although Villaras has an onscreen credit in the American version, he did not appear in the viewed print.
       According to information in the film's file in the MPAA/PCA Collection in the AMPAS Library, in August 1949 the PCA objected to the original story in which Mike is unpunished, and so the ending was changed to include Mike's death. Modern sources add Victor Trivas and Roland Pertwee to the list of writers.