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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
Eva Bartok ...
Consuelo
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Humble Bellows
James Hayter ...
Prof. Elihu Prudence
Leslie Bradley ...
Baron José Gruda
Margot Grahame ...
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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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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MAN OF NINE LIVES AND 1000 SURPRISES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Adventure | Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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

Ojo (Nick Cravat) is mute because Cravat had a thick East Coast accent. See more »

Goofs

When Humble Bellows is lowered over the side to listen to Captain Vallo speaking to Consuelo about his releasing her and her father, Humble is hanging upside down. When we next see Humble up on deck, he is soaking wet. Why drop him in the water, when deck side is only a body length and a hand up away? See more »

Quotes

Vallo: Why did you bolt your cabin door last night?
Consuelo: If you knew it was bolted you must have tried it. If you tried it, you know why it was bolted.
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Connections

Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
(uncredited)
Traditional sea shanty
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Burt never smiled brighter
28 October 1998 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

Movies do not come any more swashbuckling than this one. Hey, we have pirates, the Caribbean, villains, heroes, damsels in distress, sword fights, sea battles, inventions, acrobatics aplenty. And all delivered with Burt's legendary smile. It is not a genre spoof, but it does not take itself seriously either.

Watching this film one can perhaps understand why some people took a while to accept Burt Lancaster as a real actor. Not that his acting in this film is bad, but the excellent acrobatic skills we come to admire betray a different background.

Enormous fun.


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