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The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy | 27 September 1952 (USA)
Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Vallo (The Crimson Pirate)
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Ojo
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Consuelo
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Humble Bellows
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Prof. Elihu Prudence
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Baron José Gruda
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Bianca
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Pablo Murphy
Frederick Leister ...
Sebastian
Eliot Makeham ...
Governor
Frank Pettingell ...
Colonel
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La Signorita (as Dagmar Wynter)
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Joseph - Military Attaché
Ewan Roberts ...
Claw Paw
John Chandos ...
Stub Ear
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Storyline

Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure involving prison breaks, an oddball Scientist, sailing ships, naval fights, and tons of swordplay. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Adventure | Comedy

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27 September 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der rote Korsar  »

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Budget:

$1,850,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Co-producers Burt Lancaster and Harold Hecht were not fans of the witch hunts then taking place of "communists" in Hollywood, led by the House Un-American Activities Committee. This movie was a sly slap at those activities, starting with the title, "The Crimson Pirate," during the "red scare" of the fifties, and continuing with the plot line, of a government denying the rights of the people. They got away with it, as almost nobody noticed the political content of a pirate comedy-adventure movie. See more »

Goofs

When the King's men capture the pirate ship in the harbor and throw the drunk pirates overboard, the first pirate that is picked up has a yellow head covering, white shirt, tan trousers, and boots; when they show that pirate being thrown overboard in close-up, he has a gray head covering, torn dirty white shirt and dirty yellow trousers and boots; when they show that pirate hitting the water, he has no boots. See more »

Quotes

rebel: You killed Baron Gruda?
Vallo: If I did a thing like that, you wouldn't need the guns I want to sell you. I'm a pirate, mate, not a dog killer!
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Connections

Spoofed in The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
(uncredited)
Traditional sea shanty
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Bold high energy fun
2 April 2000 | by See all my reviews



Big production values, bold, bright colors, great use of music, high energy acting. Add me to the list of people who have watched this fun movie a zillion times.

The Crimson Pirate ages not. This 1952 movie taking place in time over 200 years ago will remain appreciated for years to come.


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