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Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)

Approved  |   |  Adventure  |  15 July 1953 (Japan)
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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
Keith Andes ...
Torin Thatcher ...
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Alvina, a lady in waiting
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Noll
Richard Egan ...
Briggs
Skelton Knaggs ...
Gilly
Dick Wessel ...
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Pierre La Garde
Jack Lambert ...
Tom Whetstone
Noel Drayton ...
Jeremy
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Job Maggot
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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!

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Trivia

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

Goofs

Although Henry Morgan is depicted as Blaclbeard's chief antagonist, Morgan retired on 1683 and died in 1688, when Blackbeard (born circa 1680) was only eight years old. Blackbeard did not arrive in the Indies until the closing years of the 17th Century, well after Morgan's death. See more »

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[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: "The meeker the man, the more pirate he, Snug in his armchair, far from the sea, And reason commends his position: He has all of the fun and none of the woes, Masters the ladies and scuttles his foes, And cheats both the noose and perdition!"

"THE ARMCHAIR PIRATE" -Anon.- See more »

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

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The Miller of the Dee
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Performed by Robert Newton
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shiver me timbers!
8 March 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Central character of the pirate Cap'n Teach is absolutely mesmerising (his end is especially so), a completely eccentric and idiosyncratic performance by Edward Newton. Sir 'Enry Morgan ('imself) is a second perfect double-dealing villain. All the pirate crew seem to have been expertly cast, each is amusing, grubby, ugly, dumb, violent, and filthy-minded, watch as they scale the ship each with cutlass in mouth! Film best seen in the colour version, so that we can see 'the Mansfield gal' (Linda Darnell) in all her lascivious purity tempting 'the sawbones' Edward Maynard. So we got romance, ye want fightin' ! - this is still the movie for you, grappling hooks, sabres, and redcoats are all there in mid-sea terror. Completely artificial yet glorious Hollywood bumf. The best swashbuckler of them all, by far the best film I watched as a child and still in my top ten. Wild horses wouldn't have dragged myself, my two brothers, and my sister away from this. Forget yer Gangs O' New York mateys, this be proper fare for ye table. And youm lads depressed by yer Bergman this be for ye also.


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