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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
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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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An astounding exhibition of daredevil deeds never before seen on the screen--and all filmed in the Mediterranean. 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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,850,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cost overruns ballooned the original $1.1 million dollar budget to $1.85 million. See more »

Goofs

In the final fight (circa 1:39:30), Ojo falls onto some enemies (and gets a barely seen bump on his back). Less than 3 minutes later, the same shot (about 1 second long) is repeated. See more »

Quotes

Vallo: You've sold me Humble Bellows - and to a king's flunky!
Humble Bellows: Aye. 'Tis my modest opinion that no man can fly pirate colors who's not willing to sell his friend, his sweetheart, or his mother.
Baron Jose Gruda: Well spoken, Mr. Bellows.
Vallo: Foul spoken it is, Humble Bellows. You've turned your hand against your captain's back. Yellow was never a pirate's colour.
Slimy: Nor rescuing a fair maiden a pirate caper.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Meaning of Life (1983) 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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