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Frederick Marryat (novel)
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March 1959 (USA) See more »
After burying stolen treasure on a desert island, a pirate shoots his partner and leaves him for dead. After recovering, the man finds a 10-year-old boy on the island. Years later, the pirates meet again and shoot it out. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Pedro Armendáriz ... El Tiburón

Christiane Martel ... Nanoa Ribaud
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Captain Taursus
Terry Rangno ... Frank Henniker - As a boy
Boyd Holister ... Frank Henniker - As a man (as Robert Palmer)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael Alcayde ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Enrique Lucero ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Carlos Múzquiz ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Francisco Reiguera ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Byron Haskin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frederick Marryat  novel
Eric Norden  writer

Produced by
Clarence Eurist .... associate producer
Jack Leewood .... producer
Original Music by
Raúl Lavista 
Cinematography by
Jorge Stahl Jr. 
Film Editing by
Alberto Valenzuela 
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
Costume Design by
Pedro Chávez 
Sound Department
Jesús González Gancy .... sound
Enrique Rodríguez .... sound

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USA:73 min
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So Freely Adapted From the Novel as to Have No Relationship, 16 November 2002
Author: Hans C. Frederick ( from Parma Heights, Ohio, U.S.A.

If anyone has read the original story(and the only way I ever read it was through Classics Illustrated),then you'll see that this is more closely related to"Treasure Island",and every film made with Cooper and Beery than the grim story written by Captain Marryat.Where do we begin? 1.)The original story takes place on a guano island off the coast of Chile,during the 1820s,rather than on the Spanish Main during the late 1680s. 2.)The screenplay,dealing with a double-crossed pirate redeeming himself by raising and loving a shipwrecked boy,and helping him to become a responsible man,never took place in the original opus. 3.)The only incident taken from the book involves the loyal seal who sacrifices himself for his master from the sharks. 4.)We've got an old bandit,who becomes a loving dad,and helps his boy reach manhood,by giving up his own life. Marryat's book is a tale of loneliness,Victorian duty,sacrifice,emotional deprivation,and growing up with the absolute minimal amount of nurturance imaginable.It wouldn't have sold without any the romance and swashbuckling adventure given in this movie.

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