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Herb Meadow (screenplay)
Harold Medford (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
5 August 1953 (USA) See more »
Robert Louis Stevenson's Celebrated Masterpiece of Gallantry ! See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Jamie Durie

Roger Livesey ... Col. Francis Burke

Anthony Steel ... Henry Durie
Beatrice Campbell ... Lady Alison

Yvonne Furneaux ... Jessie Brown

Felix Aylmer ... Lord Durrisdeer

Mervyn Johns ... MacKellar
Charles Goldner ... Mendoza
Ralph Truman ... Maj. Clarendon
Francis De Wolff ... Matthew Bull (as Francis de Wolff)
Jacques Berthier ... Capt. Arnaud
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Charles Carson ... Col. Banks (uncredited)
Archie Duncan ... Messenger (uncredited)

Moultrie Kelsall ... MacCauley (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ... (uncredited)
Jack Lambert ... (uncredited)
Gillian Lynne ... Marianne (uncredited)
Rex Montgomery ... (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... (uncredited)
Jack Taylor ... Bryce - Kelsall's First Mate (uncredited)
Stephen Vercoe ... (uncredited)

Directed by
William Keighley 
Writing credits
Herb Meadow (screenplay)

Harold Medford (additional dialogue)

Robert Louis Stevenson  novel "The Master of Ballantrae" (uncredited)

Original Music by
William Alwyn 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Harris 
Art Direction by
Ralph W. Brinton  (as Ralph Brinton)
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
George Frost .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger Good .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Guy Howarth .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ken Adam .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Don Picton .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Alan Withy .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harold V. King .... sound (as Harold King)
Cyril Brown .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Michael Colomb .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Les Hammond .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Bob Anderson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jock Easton .... stunts (uncredited)
Harry Froboess .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... music director
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... Technicolor color consultant
Patrick Crean .... choreographer (uncredited)
Pamela Mann .... continuity (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures) (as A Warner Bros. First National Picture also)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1953) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2010) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #16016) | West Germany:12 (
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Last film of director William Keighley.See more »
Factual errors: The so-called Spanish galleon is a frigate; galleons were replaced by frigates in the 17th century.See more »
Col. Francis Burke:Jamie, you're a wicked, wicked lad, and harm will come to me reputation for letting you lead me to piracy!See more »
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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) (V)See more »


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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Not the Sea Hawk, but not the Big Boodle, either., 22 November 1998
Author: Scott-52 from bettendorf, Iowa

There are some problems with this version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, not least of which is the changing of the ending and parts of the story to make it more appealing to the juvenile appetite. Psychological complexities are minimized here, so that what you're getting is an adventure yarn about greed and jealousy. It could have been a lot more.

Yet there are compensations. Jack Cardiff's photography is really eye-catching, and Mr. Livesey carves a nice bit of ham from his role. Flynn himself seems more interested in the proceedings than at any time since before the war. He is out of condition, and lacks physical vigor, but a clarity of eye indicates he may have had some inkling of what this could have been.

Made to utilize Warners Brothers frozen assets in England, the film is not Stevenson, but is but no means a bad way to pass part of a rainy afternoon.

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