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Against All Flags (1952)

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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
Alice Kelley ...
Princess Patma
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Molvina MacGregor
Robert Warwick ...
Harry Cording ...
Gow
John Alderson ...
Jonathan Harris
Phil Tully ...
Jones
Lester Matthews ...
Sir Cloudsley
Tudor Owen ...
Williams
Maurice Marsac ...
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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He Ravished The Pirate Port Of Madagascar To Steal The Love Of Its Corsair Queen! See more »


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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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Throughout the movie the pirate ships are shown as major warships, including two-deck ships-of-the-line; though most pirate ships were smaller vessels; usually converted from merchant ships. While pirates often increased their strength by capturing better ships; none ever had ships as powerful as many of those shown in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Captain Moisson: I deeply regret the necessity for this flogging.
Brian Hawke: Thank you, sir. I don't think the flogger needed to have carried it out with such gusto.
Captain Moisson: You requested the customary lashing.
Brian Hawke: I know, sir. Of course, you could have done me the favor of denying it. I swear he took a particular pleasure in having an officer under his cat.
Captain Moisson: Should you fail, you'll look back on flogger Flower's lashing as a pleasant afternoon's pastime.
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Acceptable Pirate Film
30 September 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

If you like pirate films, you shouldn't miss this one. "Against All Flags" is not a great film of the genre, but it is entertaining and enjoyable.

It has all the ingredients. Battles at sea, the hero, the villain, the hero's romantic interest, the final sword duel, good settings and color and special effects are very good too (don't forget we are in the early 50's).

I think the cast helps a lot if not for outstanding performances (there are not very demanding roles) but for actors that were symbols in this kind of movie. Errol Flynn -probably the all time swashbuckler- was aging here but he still had his unique screen presence. Maureen O'Hara was often casted in adventure films and her undeniable beauty was always welcome. And Anthony Quinn -not a major star back then, but a classical villain- was on his way.

Pure pirate adventure; no more, but no less.


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