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Robert E. Kent (written for the screen by)
Frank Yerby (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
17 October 1952 (USA) See more »
Daring PRIVATEER Meets Notorious LADY PIRATE!
The seafaring adventures of French privateer Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo during the Franco-Spanish-English war of the 17th century. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Rhonda Fleming ... Capt. Rouge

Sterling Hayden ... Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo
Helena Carter ... Blanca de Valdiva

John Sutton ... Capt. Luis del Toro

Paul Cavanagh ... Jeremy Smithers

Michael Ansara ... Bernardo Díaz

Raymond Hatton ... Barnaby Stoll
Alex Montoya ... Homado
Poppy del Vando ... Doña Elena (as Poppy A. del Vando)
Albert Pollet ... Gov. Ducasse
David Bond ... Prosecutor
Donna Martell ... Emilie Savonez
Mary Munday ... Maria
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Victor Adamson ... Pirate (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Pirate Lookout (uncredited)
Amapola Del Vando ... Senora del Toro (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Spanish Tribunal Judge (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Spanish Captain (uncredited)

John Hart ... Pirate Helmsman (uncredited)

Don C. Harvey ... Pirate (uncredited)

Al Kikume ... Native (uncredited)

Pierce Lyden ... Pirate (uncredited)

Eddie Parker ... Spanish Soldier (uncredited)
Rusty Wescoatt ... Pirate (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Pirate (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Salkow 
Writing credits
Robert E. Kent (written for the screen by)

Frank Yerby (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... producer
Cinematography by
William V. Skall (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Production Management
Herbert B. Leonard .... unit manager (as Herbert Leonard)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Corrick .... assistant director
Sound Department
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound engineer (as Josh Westmoreland)
Special Effects by
Jack Erickson .... special effects
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Werner R. Heymann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Mertz .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gregory Stone .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Francis Cugat .... technicolor color consultant
Crew believed to be complete

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83 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15571) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Anachronisms: The Spanish soldiers appear wearing breast plates and helmets that properly belong to the 16th century. By the late 17th century--the period of this movie--all the armies of Europe wore coats and three pointed hats.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Pirates of Tripoli (1955)See more »
What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?See more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Rhonda was hot and feisty, 23 August 2009
Author: tonopah6 from Mansfield, Ohio

Kit Gerardo (Hayden) has a strong motive to get revenge over his mother's death, carrying the quest for twenty years against Captain Luis Del Toro; but when an opportunity arises, instead of killing the man, he collects a ransom from a prisoner he holds, which happens to be Del Toro's fiancée. He also battles other foes, some of which were on land while riding horses after getting commissioned by a French leader to destroy the Spanish settlements - in return he and his men can be rewarded with land to settle on.

Rhonda Fleming was Captain Rouge, and she was a pirate; but this was not discovered until after the first 30 minutes. Now that delay had some circumstances for her, and would have been okay if she still would have maintained her Captain's status, giving off vibrations that definitely could put a man in erection city; but she soon ends up back on her plantation, becoming a victim to Kit Gerardo's men who are on that mission to destroy settlements … stoking her hatred of men.

Part of Hayden's character was to be a lover, and he passes the test since he does not overdo any charming routine. His success with women sure does take a nose dive, though; he finds that the fiancée and Captain Rouge are women who sure are fickle: one minute they want Kit Gerardo dead, and the next minute they want his loins … all this in the midst of a twist in the story.

There were believable characters, authentic clothes, villages … good fighting scenes, and beautiful mature women - a pretty good swashbuckler for only half of the movie being filmed at sea. The reason I gave it a 7 instead of an 8 was because of Rhonda's character not staying in her pirate's mode.

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