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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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Director:
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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Pure joy 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:
Co-producers Burt Lancaster and Harold Hecht were not fans of the witch hunts then taking place of "communists" in Hollywood, led by the House Un-American Activities Committee. This movie was a sly slap at those activities, starting with the title, "The Crimson Pirate," during the "red scare" of the fifties, and continuing with the plot line, of a government denying the rights of the people. They got away with it, as almost nobody noticed the political content of a pirate comedy-adventure movie.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the King's men capture the pirate ship in the harbor and throw the drunk pirates overboard, footage of the same pirate is used twice, but out of sequence. First, a pirate with a torn dirty white shirt, gray head wrap, and dirty yellow trousers is shown being dropped over the side, then a few seconds later the same pirate is shown being picked up before being tossed over.See more »
Quotes:
Baron Jose Gruda:You may be over-confident, Captain Vallo. There are 200 of the King's marines aboard this vessel.
Vallo:And only 20 pirates. That puts the odds slightly in my favour. Better surrender the ship.
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Soundtrack:
What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?See more »

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28 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Pure joy, 23 September 2001
Author: marciodecarvalho from Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

'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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