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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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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  »

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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

Because of cost overruns on The Crimson Pirate (1952) and His Majesty O'Keefe (1954), Warner Brothers insisted that future films from Burt Lancaster be limited to $900,000. Lancaster's response was to strike a new deal with United Artists. 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

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

Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
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Traditional sea shanty
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Great movie with great memories
3 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I was 16 my Grandpa came to town early and it was just me and him. He looked at the TV Guide and started laughing. He looked at me and said one of his favorite movies was coming on. From the moment it began I was captivated. The opening sequence sets up the rest of the film. It is a very tongue in cheek movie that keeps you laughing and enjoying every minute of it. Lancaster and Cravat are one of the great film team-ups, comes from their days in vaudeville together. The film is just a good time. I was already a horror film fan at that time and was surprised to see a young Christopher Lee in it too. My grandpa was larger than life as this film is too. Everyone who has sat and watched this film with me laughs as much as I do.


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