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The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 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
James Hayter ...
Prof. Elihu Prudence
Leslie Bradley ...
Baron José Gruda
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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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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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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

While fleeing from the soldiers to establish themselves as rebels, after the hidden trampoline jump from one building to another, the light source in the last window obviously changes. See more »

Quotes

Humble Bellows: Meantime, we got regular pirate business to settle. We got the plank, the culprit and the verdict. All we need's a trial, an execution and a sentence.
Slimy: He's guilty!
Humble Bellows: So much for the trial. Now for execution.
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Connections

Referenced in Game On: Tangerine Candyfloss & Herne Bay Rock (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
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Traditional sea shanty
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Pure joy
23 September 2001 | by (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil) – See all my reviews

'The Crimson Pirate' is pure joy. Maybe the most entertaining movie of the 50's - as far as 'pure entertainment' concept goes, and one of the greatests adventure movies ever made. Burt Lancaster was then at the apex of his powers, and shows very clearly what a good piece of Errol Flynn he could easily have been, and this was not an easy task at all, mind you. Bowing his personal idol Douglas Fairbanks, the dashing, wide-grin, elastic, self-assured Lancaster has marked a whole generation of youngsters - and adults as well - with this wonderful, colorful, funny, action-packed, greatly-soundtracked adventure-spoof, quite probably one of his bests movies ever, although even him surely never realized how good it was.

Popcorn at hand, I watched this masterpiece goggle-eyed, then, and do it very, very fondly now. Burt Lancaster was the man who thought me to love movies. My sincere thanks to him.


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