Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)

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Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship's surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.



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Complete credited cast:
Edward Teach / Blackbeard
Edwina Mansfield
Ben Worley
Keith Andes ...
Torin Thatcher ...
Alvina, a lady in waiting
Skelton Knaggs ...
Dick Wessel ...
Pierre La Garde
Tom Whetstone
Noel Drayton ...
Job Maggot


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 <>

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




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15 July 1953 (Japan)  »

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Blackbeard the Pirate  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Edwina Mansfield: [to Blackbeard] You slimy coward! You'd make the flesh crawl on a squid!
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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 »


Referenced in The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Big Blast (1966) See more »


Traditional sea shanty
Sung by pirate crew
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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.


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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