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The Crimson Pirate -- Captain Vallo, a.k.a. The Crimson Pirate, and his band of buccaneers overtake a Spanish galleon filled with guns and ammunition.


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Release Date:
27 September 1952 (USA) See more »
MAN OF NINE LIVES AND 1000 SURPRISES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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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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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
105 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 | Norway:12 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Not Rated (Digital Streaming) | USA:Approved (certificate #15427) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Cost overruns ballooned the original $1.1 million dollar budget to $1.85 million.See more »
Anachronisms: In the background of both shots showing the old crew tied up in the net is a luxury ocean liner.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Scorpion King (2002)See more »
What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?See more »


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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Bold high energy fun, 2 April 2000
Author: Pro Jury

Big production values, bold, bright colors, great use of music, high energy acting. Add me to the list of people who have watched this fun movie a zillion times.

The Crimson Pirate ages not. This 1952 movie taking place in time over 200 years ago will remain appreciated for years to come.

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