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According to a press release included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, technical director Commander K. D. Iain Murray, who also appeared in a small role in the film under the name Kenneth Donald Murray, served thirty years in the British Navy and was an authority on 17th century "modes, manners, costumes and maritime procedures." The 1924 Vitagraph film Captain Blood, starring J. Warren Kerrigan and directed by David Smith, was the first to use that character (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0772). In 1935, Warner Bros. made another version of the story, starring Errol Flynn and directed by Michael Curtiz (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0587). Several other films were made using the same character, including Columbia's 1952 film Captain Pirate, starring Louis Hayward and Patricia Medina and directed by Ralph Murphy, and Son of Captain Blood, a U.S. European co-production released by Paramount in 1962, which starred Sean Flynn, Errol Flynn's son (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.4613).