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


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 »


Adventure | Comedy


Not Rated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 September 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der rote Korsar  »

Box Office


$1,850,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


At the beginning of the film the ship taken by pirates with the ruse of stricken ship scurvy. Although referred to as a British ship, the flag that brings (which incidentally seems an invention) has a section of the arms of Castile and rather Spanish colors: gold and red. See more »


Baron Jose Gruda: Bored?
La Signorita: If only there were something to break the monotony of this voyage.
Vallo: [drops in] Hands aloft, please.
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Referenced in Horton Hears a Who! (2008) See more »


What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
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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