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Double Crossbones (1951)

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After being falsely accused of dishonesty, a young man decides to become a pirate.

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Davey Crandall
Helena Carter ...
Lady Sylvia Copeland
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Tom Botts
John Emery ...
Governor Elden
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Lord Montrose
Kathryn Givney ...
Lady Montrose
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Malcolm Giles
Morgan Farley ...
Caleb Nicholas
Robert Barrat ...
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Glenn Strange ...
Capt. Ben Avery
Louis Bacigalupi ...
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Capt. Ben Wickett
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Falsely accused by the corrupt Governor Elden of Charleston of fencing stolen pirate booty, young Davey Crandall and friend Tom Botts buy passage on the ship of local buccaneer Bloodthirsty Ben. They avoid being killed by faking a case of the pox, which causes the panicked captain and crew to desert the ship. The two find themselves alone, and when a lucky cannon shot hits a mast on a British ship, they find themselves mistaken for pirates. They sail to Tortuga, where they recruit such notorious corsairs as Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, Anne Bonney, and Blackbeard to lay siege to Chaleston and expose the villain Elden. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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22 January 1951 (Sweden)  »

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Era Uma Vez Um Pirata...  »

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Captain Kidd and Henry Morgan are anachronisms when depicted with Amne Bonny, who was born in 1702. Kidd was hanged in 1701 and Morgan died in 1688. See more »

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Governor Elden: [to Lord Montrose] It's all very simple. A bullet through your heart...
[Gesturing toward Davey]
Governor Elden: a blade through his!
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The Pirate Brotherhood
17 May 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Double Crossbones finds Donald O'Connor as a poor shop apprentice who finds himself nabbed for piracy quite innocently. But before the film's over, O'Connor is the greatest buccaneer of them all, Bloodthirsty Dave.

During the course of his incarceration O'Connor learns that the shop that he and Will Geer worked at was a front for the selling of pirate loot and the guy behind the piracy none other than the governor of the Carolinas, John Emery. In fact Emery has all the pirates of legend that you can name, Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, and the famous female pirate Anne Bonney all working for him. And he's getting the best of the deal. They clearly need a better deal and O'Connor puts himself forth as the guy to give it to them. And incidentally win the heart of the beautiful Helena Carter who is Emery's fiancé.

As she usually does, Hope Emerson as Anne Bonney steals the film when she's in it. As Donald O'Connor says, she's best man of the lot of them.

Double Crossbones is a nice satire of pirate movies and O'Connor does fine in the title role. But this seemed to be a film crying for Danny Kaye and I wouldn't be surprised if he was originally offered the lead.


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