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Writer:
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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Include "Crimson Pirate" in your kids' memories of Home 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:
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:
Revealing mistakes: When Vallo and Ojo fly to the pirate ship in the hot air balloon, you can see the rope controlling the balloon as they jump into the rigging of the ship.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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Referenced in The Truman Show (1998)See more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Include "Crimson Pirate" in your kids' memories of Home, 8 September 2000
Author: Swift-12

I finally got around to watching "The Crimson Pirate". What a blast! Burt Lancaster is the Pirate. His schemes and brainstorms are unconventional and funny.

It's a kinda goofy story, so you have to be in the mood for fun. (For example, the pirate's enemies are silly nitwits, like Keystone Kops or Hogan's Heroes.) Don't expect historical accuracy-- this is total Hollywood pirate caricature. But it's very creative, and everyone on the set, stars and stuntmen, looked like they had a blast filming it.

Burt Lancaster outdoes Douglas Fairbanks. He shows off his great acrobatic training and even paired-up his stuntwork with his old acrobat partner, Nick Cravat (btw, Nick happened to be the airplane-assaulting gremlin on the original Twilight Zone "Terror at 20,000 Feet".)

I feel like I missed out as a kid by not seeing it. Everyone has their own traditional FamilyTime movies ("Wizard of Oz" being a universal example). I wish I'd seen this one as a kid. My parents would've liked it too-- it's very enjoyable for all ages.

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