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Drake the Pirate (1935)

Drake of England (original title)
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The uncredited Admiral Hawkins is the famous singer Frederick Ranalow, who played Macheath for several years following the successful revival of 'the Beggar's Opera' at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1920. Ranalow appears in the bowls scene and speaks some words while looking over the side of a ship. See more »

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Of historical interest only
24 January 2016 | by (london) – See all my reviews

It is little surprise that this recreation of the Elizabethan era is virtually forgotten when you remember that both Bette Davis and Flora Robson played Elzabeth a couple of years later.Athene Seyler was a good actress but she was not on the same level as her competitor's.Furthermore Matheson Lang does not compare with the leading men of Errol Flynn and Laurence Olivier.It is also clear that this film suffers from an inadequate budget and some truly awful model work.The action scenes are lamely directed.Compare this with what Korda was producing at this time,and this comes off a poor second.It is however interesting to see what other British producers were making.Apparently one of the few surviving films of director Arthur Woods.One of those credited for photography is future director Ronald Neame.The original running time was 111 minutes which was then cut down to 104minutes.This version runs for 95minutes and is slow moving so I pity those who had to sit through the full version.The Armada at the climax is just amateurish.


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