Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar.

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Prudence 'Spitfire' Stevens
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Capt. Roc Brasiliano
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Princess Patma
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Molvina MacGregor
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Gow
John Alderson ...
Jonathan Harris
Phil Tully ...
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Sir Cloudsley
Tudor Owen ...
Williams
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Capt. Moisson
James Craven ...
Capt. Hornsby
James Fairfax ...
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In 1700, the pirates of Madagascar menace the India trade; British officer Brian Hawke has himself cashiered, flogged, and set adrift to infiltrate the pirate "republic." There, Hawke meets lovely Spitfire Stevens, a pirate captain in her own right, and the sparks begin to fly; but wooing a pirate poses unique problems. Especially after he rescues adoring young Princess Patma from a captured ship. Meanwhile, Hawke's secret mission proceeds to an action-packed climax. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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21 November 1952 (Netherlands)  »

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De arend van Madagascar  »

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Trivia

Though Errol Flynn did most of his own stunts, he balked at the one involving sliding down through a sail on a rapier blade, which was originated by Douglas Fairbanks in The Black Pirate (1926). The stunt was performed by a double. See more »

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Captain Kidd is shown as one of the pirate captains in 1700. However, in 1699 Captain Kidd was arrested in Boston, sent to England in 1700, and executed in 1701. See more »

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Capt. Roc Brasiliano: Belike you'll tell the truth now.
[He throws razor on his left]
Capt. Roc Brasiliano: You best speak the truth or the carrion will feed on your guts before the sun sets.
Swaine: [Frightened] I took no bounty.
[Roc throws a knife on his right side]
Capt. Roc Brasiliano: [Holding a third blade] Now place the truth on your tongue, or I will place this knife between the other two.
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Referenced in Leave It to Beaver: Brother vs. Brother (1962) See more »

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Haul on the Bowline
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One of my favorite pirate films
10 October 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Excellent pirate entertainment! It has all the good ingredients to keep one's attention -- an absorbing tale of intrigue, a fiery lady pirate named Spitfire Stevens (Maureen O'Hara) who's attracted to the irresistible Mr. Hawke (Errol Flynn) who is out on a secret mission of his own. They make a fine romantic pair onscreen -- sigh!

Anthony Quinn is the mean, bad pirate weaving his villainous web of divide and conquer. I noticed the very familiar face of Mildred Natwick playing a supporting role as Mrs. MacGregor, the protector of young Princess Patma (Alice Kelley).

There is beautifully filmed scenery of shorelines, ships, and the bay. Lots of action too of sword fighting clashes, ship battles, daring leaps of Errol Flynn (Robin Hood on board ship!). From the flaming redhead herself I once heard in an interview of Maureen O'Hara that she boasted great command of the bullwhip and could also outdo Flynn in sword fighting in those days but there'd be no need to put it to the test here.

Very enjoyable movie.


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