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The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy | 27 September 1952 (USA)
During the 1700s, pirate Captain Vallo seizes a British warship and gets involved in various money-making schemes involving Caribbean rebels led by El Libre, British envoy Baron Jose Gruda and a beautiful courtesan named Consuelo.

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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
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Governor
Frank Pettingell ...
Colonel
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La Signorita (as Dagmar Wynter)
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Joseph - Military Attaché
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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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MAN OF NINE LIVES AND 1000 SURPRISES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

27 September 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der rote Korsar  »

Box Office

Budget:

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

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Vallo wears red trousers when he, Ojo, and the Professor are abandoned in the small boat. When they're adrift, he wears gray trousers. (minute 61/63) See more »

Quotes

Baron Jose Gruda: [on Vallo, Ojo and Professor Prudence, all in disguise as women] These peasant shapes are not to my taste.
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Connections

Referenced in The Truman Show (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
(uncredited)
Traditional sea shanty
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Lancaster At His Best
23 April 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of the best films I have ever seen. It had a perfect mix of adventure and comedy due to the fact that it pokes fun at all the pirate cliches. Also, it really gave the legendary Burt Lancaster a chance to show of his acrobatic talents. Too bad they don't show this on television anymore. This film would probably appeal not only to older fans but to children as well.


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