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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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Alvina, a lady in waiting
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Noll
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Pierre La Garde
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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

Initially, Robert Stevenson was to direct the picture, with a cast headed by Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue, Victor Mature and Jack Buetel. See more »

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

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Blackbeard: What be your name, girl?
Edwina Mansfield: Blackbeard!
Blackbeard: No, I be Blackbeard!
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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 »

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Spoofed in Yellowbeard (1983) See more »

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The Miller of the Dee
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Performed by Robert Newton
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Linda is lovely but Newton hams it up
27 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saturday matinée adventure version of the Blackbeard legend. Linda Darnell is breathtaking in eye popping Technicolor and gets a chance to play the damsel in distress full of fiery temper tantrums. Keith Andes cuts a very handsome, athletic and dashing figure as the lawman who butts heads with Blackbeard and woos Linda along the way. The supporting cast is filled with reliable character actors who add color to their roles with William Bendix, Alan Mowbray and Torin Thatcher all getting their moments in the spotlight. And along for the ride is Irene Ryan, Granny Clampett herself, all dolled up as Linda's maid who has a funny drunk scene.

Everybody plays more to the balcony than usual but they have to when confronted with Robert Newton's Blackbeard which he plays without one ounce of restraint! An actor of great skill most of the time he's obviously relishing the chance to let loose, he sort of cornered the market on this type of role with Treasure Island and Long John Silver also on his resume, and at least this is the kind of picture that lends itself to that sort of no holds barred performance. Unfortunately his lack of restraint spilled over into his personal life and the high living, hard drinking actor only lived a few years after this.

The picture is well directed by Raoul Walsh keeping a tight pace and is full of swash and buckle. One small note: Blackbeard's fate is rather graphically shown and might be disturbing for small children but otherwise this is a perfect lightweight feature for a Saturday morning.


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