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The Master of Ballantrae (1953)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, History  |  5 August 1953 (USA)
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Two noble Scottish brothers deliberately take opposite sides when Bonnie Prince Charlie returns to claim the throne of Scotland in order to preserve the family fortune.

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Buckle on your swashes for this swashbuckling adventure with a highlander who fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie who, after various escapades, becomes a pirate. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A fighter by any code of arms... a rebel for the devil of it ! See more »


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5 August 1953 (USA)  »

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Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Stuntman Bob Anderson doubled for both actors in a sword fight and therefore "killed" himself. See more »

Goofs

As Arnaud's ship approaches land the lookout shouts "Land on the starboard bow!" (ie to the right) yet he is pointing to the port side (ie left). A cut to the deck shows Capt Arnaud training his telescope to port instead of starboard. See more »

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Jamie Durie: Burke, we've got to get out of here.
Col. Francis Burke: And what could be simpler? The guard could have no objection to that!
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"You green crawling snake that slipped up from the slime when your thieving mother wasn't looking!"
21 June 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Scottish brothers clash over a woman while trying to keep their lands and fortune out of the hands of the English. One of the brothers (Errol Flynn) finds himself at sea where he fights against and with pirates. Errol Flynn in the 1950s was not a pretty sight. Bloated, puffy, and old before his years, alcoholism had destroyed the swashbuckling ladies' man of the '30s and '40s. The Technicolor, while generally pleasant, does him no favors. This is Errol's last movie made for WB, his home for eighteen years. While he still gives it his best shot, it's just a no-go. What should be an exciting adventure movie is a rather ordinary costumer. Location shooting helps. Roger Livesey easily steals the picture.


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