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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
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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

Sea battle scene toward the end was from same footage as The Spanish Main, 1945. 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: "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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Referenced in The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Big Blast (1966) See more »

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The Miller of the Dee
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Performed by Robert Newton
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For connoisseurs of ham, here's one of the all-time greats!
12 July 2001 | by (Montclair, N.J,) – See all my reviews

I am gratified that so many others have commented on Robert Newton's completely over-the-top performance in the title role. Unfortunately, it completely transcends the otherwise conventional Hollywood pirate movie that surrounds it. When he's on the screen, nothing else exists. Yes, it's ham-acting at its hammiest but it's virtuoso ham acting that hardly anyone could hope to match. He rolls his eyes, growls, orates...he simply takes over the movie and almost gives ham-acting a good name. The only performances of this kind that I can think of which come close to matching him are Orson Welles (in many things but especially in "Black Magic") and Ralph Richardson in "Things to Come."


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