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Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)

Approved | | Adventure | 15 July 1953 (Japan)
Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship's surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

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Edward Teach / Blackbeard
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Edwina Mansfield
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Ben Worley
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Alvina, a Lady in Waiting
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Noll
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Skelton Knaggs ...
Gilly
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Dutchman
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Pierre La Garde
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Tom Whetstone
Noel Drayton ...
Jeremy
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Job Maggot
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Storyline

In 1674, "reformed" pirate Sir Henry Morgan is a high official in Jamaica, but Edward Maynard hopes to win a large reward by proving Morgan still dabbles in piracy. Maynard goes undercover as ship's surgeon with a Morgan henchman...who's been supplanted by notorious Blackbeard himself. Also on the ship is Edwina Mansfield, seemingly a damsel in distress, to whom there's much more than meets the eye. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The thunder of their plundering shook the earth, the seas, the sky! See more »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton were considered for the Blackbeard role. See more »

Goofs

At about 3 minutes into the movie the escape scene alternates between night time and bright sunny day between shots. See more »

Quotes

[blasting Henry Morgan's ship with cannon fire]
Blackbeard: Arrr, he's like a duck without wings! We'll close for the kill and then board her. And I'll dangle Uncle Harry from the fore yard!! Heh, he he he!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: During the 17th Century the Spanish Main was over-run with pirates, foremost of whom was Edward Teach, the evil and immortal Blackbeard. Sir Henry Morgan, who was then in the service of the king, had been sent to clear the seas of the very pirates he once had led. See more »

Connections

Followed by Blackbeard's Ghost (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

The Miller of the Dee
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Performed by Robert Newton
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Newton reigns as the pirate icon.
27 December 2004 | by (Lansing, Michigan) – See all my reviews

This is not a movie of great measure. It's just a VERY good showcase for the ultimate pirate actor, Robert Newton, who fits the role so perfectly as to become THE pirate to be imitated in every pirate movie to follow. He is the centerpiece of this film, make no mistake about that. Every scene belongs to him and every word of dialogue he speaks is the learning base for future "pirates" of the silver screen.

Not a Newton fan? Steer clear, then Matey, because this movie is his and his alone. Not even the beautiful Linda Darnell can distract from him in any scene they share. He is an overpowering and magnetic force when he plays his pirate to perfection.

AWWWWWRRRRRRRRRR.

Being a big fan of the man I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. I find his acting to be natural and amusing. This is his niche and here he rules.


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