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Roland Kibbee (written by)
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Release Date:
27 September 1952 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
MAN OF NINE LIVES AND 1000 SURPRISES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings... See more » | Add synopsis »
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It's silly, and I love it! See more (48 total) »

Cast

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Burt Lancaster ... Capt. Vallo (The Crimson Pirate)
Nick Cravat ... Ojo
Eva Bartok ... Consuelo
Torin Thatcher ... Humble Bellows
James Hayter ... Prof. Elihu Prudence
Leslie Bradley ... Baron José Gruda
Margot Grahame ... Bianca
Noel Purcell ... Pablo Murphy
Frederick Leister ... Sebastian
Eliot Makeham ... Governor
Frank Pettingell ... Colonel

Dana Wynter ... La Signorita (as Dagmar Wynter)

Christopher Lee ... Joseph - Military Attaché
Ewan Roberts ... Claw Paw
John Chandos ... Stub Ear
Derek Tansley ... Patch Eye
Charles Farrell ... Poison Paul
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Violet Farebrother ... Dowager (uncredited)

Enzo Giobbe ... Seaman (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Seaman (uncredited)
Harry Lane ... Seaman (uncredited)
Barry Lowe ... Pirate (uncredited)
Vittorio Martinelli ... Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
Dennis Wyndham ... Rebel in Wine Cellar (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Siodmak 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roland Kibbee  written by

Produced by
Norman Deming .... associate producer (uncredited)
Harold Hecht .... producer (uncredited)
Burt Lancaster .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Alwyn 
 
Cinematography by
Otto Heller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Harris 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Sheriff 
 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse 
 
Makeup Department
Gladys Atkinson .... hair stylist
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Terry Hunter .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... assistant director
Vernon Sewell .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Ken Adam .... associate art director
Eddie Fowlie .... property master (uncredited)
Olga Lehmann .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Cecil Mason .... sound recordist (as C. Mason)
A.E. Rudolph .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Russell Shearman .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gus Drisse .... camera operator
H.J. Hodges .... underwater photographer
Dennis Bartlett .... focus puller (uncredited)
George Pink .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Best .... costumes: Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
 
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... technicolor colour consultant
Maisie Kelly .... continuity
Enzo Musumeci Greco .... master of arms (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
Cost overruns ballooned the original $1.1 million dollar budget to $1.85 million.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Humble Bellows makes some grammatical errors in his use of the "thee" dialect, using the word in contexts like "thee art" or "thee canst" when it should be "thou art" or "thou canst." (He's probably not well educated.)See more »
Quotes:
Humble Bellows:Be that bit of fluff El Libre?
Vallo:That's the bit of fluff that's taking us to him.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Horton Hears a Who! (2008)See more »

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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
It's silly, and I love it!, 27 February 2005
Author: Igenlode Wordsmith from England

It's impossible to recapture the absolute bliss of seeing this film for

the first time, in all its impudence and style; but watching it yet again this afternoon, I found a broad grin back on my face within minutes. Burt Lancaster's cocky Captain Vallo -- golden-haired, silver-tongued, and sporting a fine taste in trademark crimson trousers -- is a Technicolour pirate straight out of the pages of legend, and it's a toss-up as to whether it's more fun watching him dazzle and bamboozle his way through the ranks of the dastardly Spaniards, every sea-rover's traditional foe, or seeing him taken down a richly-deserved peg or two when events don't go quite as anticipated. If Vallo had it all his own way, he'd be insufferable; but fortunately for the film, circumstances -- and the script -- conspire to unseat his schemes, with results both hilarious and touching.

Lancaster and Nick Cravat play off their old acrobatic routines against each other, separately and together, in a virtuoso display perfectly integrated into the action of the film. In "The Flame and the Arrow", the acrobatics felt shoe-horned in to show off the star's abilities. Here they develop naturally from the conventions of the genre, and the grace of the big man and pugnacity of the little one make for a gifted double-act. In the role of the loyal mute Ojo (as the leader of their rebel captors observes dryly, 'this one can't talk and the other can't stop talking!') Cravat repeats his eloquent, quickfire mime from the earlier production, providing the last 'word' for the film's ending and comic moments throughout.

The character of the first mate 'Humble' Bellows, with his Quakerish speech and rigid adherence to the old ways, is also a triumph. Implacably opposed to his captain's flashy plans for a double- and triple-cross on the grounds that it's more like business practice than honest piracy, and unmoved by Vallo's gift of the gab, his doom-saying has the unpalatable habit of seeming to come true as one complication after another arises. Yet he has a stubborn integrity of his own, and his loyalty is to the ship's company where Vallo's veers like a weathercock. He is a complex character we cannot in a way help but admire.

But above all, the essence of "The Crimson Pirate" is that it's *very*, *very* *silly*. Gloriously silly. This isn't about realism -- this is comic-strip stuff, where battle consists of tossing your enemies overboard into the water, laying them out cold with a belaying-pin, or stacking them up one by one on the floor of the captain's cabin; where a man with a sword can duel a man with a swinging block on the end of a piece of rope, and an athletic fugitive can escape down narrow streets by using awnings as trampolines and washing-poles as parallel bars. Like "Galaxy Quest", this film is both an affectionate spoof of its genre and a gripping contribution to that genre in its own right.

This is Adventure with a capital 'A', with a colourful unrepentant rogue of a hero, with devious Dons, thickwitted soldiery, heroic rebels, treachery, cruelty and gallantry against the odds - and generally an unexpected laugh around every corner. It's utterly impossible, of course, but -- believe only half of what you see... if that!

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