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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
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Torin Thatcher ...
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Alvina, a lady in waiting
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Noll
Richard Egan ...
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Skelton Knaggs ...
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Dick Wessel ...
Dutchman
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Pierre La Garde
Jack Lambert ...
Tom Whetstone
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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 »

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There is an obvious stunt double during the sword fight scene at the end. See more »

Quotes

Blackbeard: Ben, I believe I'm going to catch me a rat!
Ben Worley: Why, you hungry?
[motions to the rope Blackbeard is holding, which goes over the side of the ship]
Ben Worley: . Oh, you're goin' fishing for him, aye?
Blackbeard: NO, I ain't goin' fishin' for him, aye!
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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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A-Roving
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A hilarious movie...
19 March 2000 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

The cast and crew must have had a ball making this flick, since it has so many funny bits in it.Just listen to this exchange between Robert Newton doing his never-equaled pirate character as Blackbeard, and the lovable lug Bill Bendix, of Life of Riley fame, as Worley, the dim-witted first mate. Blackbeard is pulling up a rope that the hero has used to climb into the Captain's cabin, and says, "I be fishin' for a rat!" Worley: "Why, are ya hungry?" Don't miss The Funeral at Sea ("For distance this time!") Watch Edward Maynard eye Linda Darnell's lavish expanse of bosom and say, "Never mind the measurements!"

And while you're thinking about the plot...how _did_ they ever get off that island?


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