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Barbary Pirate (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 10 November 1949 (USA)
The U.S. government sends Major Thomas Blake on a secret mission when the Bey of Tripoli starts demanding tribute from American merchant ships in the Mediterranean in the early 1800's. His ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Maj. Tom Blake
Anne Ridgeway
Yusof - the Bey of Tripoli
Sam Ridgeway
Murad Reis
Matthew Boulton ...
Tobias Sharpe
Dexter Freeman
Thomas Jefferson
Ezra Fielding
Capt. Crawford
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The U.S. government sends Major Thomas Blake on a secret mission when the Bey of Tripoli starts demanding tribute from American merchant ships in the Mediterranean in the early 1800's. His pose as a Tory on the ship alienates his fellow passengers, Anne Ridgeway, and her brother Sam. Off Tripoli, the ship is captured by the Bey's pirates, but Blake makes a friend of the Bey when he saves his life. Blake learns that a servant girl, Zoltah, and her friends ate plotting to kill the Bey, and that the Bey also has a spy in the State Department, Tobias Sharpe, who sends advance information about American ship movements. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

10 November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Pirata de Tripoli  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Another adventure yarn with heroic Americans battling evil Arabs.
3 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

How on earth can the Bey of Bagdad find time to rob and pillage ships along the African coast and rule his country at the same time? Like the evil Baron Bomburst of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", he is referred to as a pirate, but in reality, is a ruthless monarch. Determined to prevent this fiend from robbing and killing any more passengers aboard these ships, the American government under Thomas Jefferson sends Naval officer Donald Woods abroad, and in disguise with an alias, he claims to be loyal to the mother country and has thus denounced his own country.

This brings him into instant discord with the other passengers aboard the ship, in particular the lovely Trudy Marshall whose brother (Ross Ford) slugs him among hearing his political grumblings. But no sooner have they set sail than they are at the mercy of Barbary Pirate Stefan Schnaebel, the ruthless Bey of Bagdad, who holds them all hostage yet makes Woods his right-hand man when he learns of Wood's supposed disowning of his own country. Of course, there's a real traitor among the White House staff, and once exposed, they sign their own death certificate as Woods makes an effort to bring down Schnaebel once and for all.

While basically entertaining and fast-moving, this programmer isn't always believable from a historical factor. There are also some moments of cruel torture (involving Arabic harem girl Lenore Aubert and a cauldron of boiling water) that are difficult to take. These movies are also extremely predictable, and in the case of the evil Arabians, they are one dimensional in every aspect, with American traitor Matthew Boulton being revealed to be a total coward. It's an enjoyable piece of fluff that you'll pretty much forget about and shelve once its over. By late 1940's standards, it was another case of been there, done that already, and in the case of similar films from the early 40's, certainly done much better.

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