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Caribbean Hawk (1962)

Lo sparviero dei Caraibi (original title)
In the mid-1500s, a ship containing Spanish prisoners being sent to a Spanish penal colony in the Caribbean sinks at sea, but some of the prisoners manage to survive and make it to shore at... See full summary »

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Johnny Desmond ...
Juan Rodrigo Olivares
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Arica Mageiras
Armando Francioli ...
Esteban
Piero Lulli ...
Manuel
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Donna Maria de la Rey Sandoval
Walter Brandi ...
Ramon, Pirate
Elvi Lissiak ...
Lolita
Vincenzo Musolino ...
Rodriguez, Pirate
Graziella Granata ...
Flora
Amedeo Trilli ...
Pablo
Mara Garden
Franco Santi ...
Pedrito
Nerio Bernardi
Nino Marchesini ...
Viceking of Santa Cruz
Carlo Lombardi ...
Captain Pinto
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In the mid-1500s, a ship containing Spanish prisoners being sent to a Spanish penal colony in the Caribbean sinks at sea, but some of the prisoners manage to survive and make it to shore at a nearby island. They organize themselves under the leadership of Juan Olivares (dynamically played by charismatic singer-actor Johnny Desmond), manage to take over a ship with some cargo.

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According to actress Yvonne Monlaur's official blog, the production of this movie was plagued by financial difficulties. Problems included the limitation of Monlaur's costumes to just one and a month-long work stoppage while cast and crew salaries were renegotiated. Eventually, an early end to the production was called, with several scenes left unfilmed. Monlaur cites this as "the only unfinished film of my career". See more »

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excellent Italian swashbuckler starring big-band singer Johnny Desmond
5 October 2003 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

In the mid-1500s, a ship containing Spanish prisoners being sent to a Spanish penal colony in the Caribbean sinks at sea, but some of the prisoners manage to survive and make it to shore at a nearby island. They organize themselves under the leadership of Juan Olivares (dynamically played by charismatic singer-actor Johnny Desmond), manage to take over a ship with some cargo that they barter for supplies, and eventually are asked to fight on behalf of the Spanish crown against the English... or is the request sincere? That's just part of the plot of this surprisingly good Italian swashbuckling costume adventure. Colorful photography, lots of excellent fencing, an exciting plot with unexpected developments and an unexpected ending (to me, at least), and especially a fine performance by leading man Johnny Desmond in what was his ONLY European film appearance to my knowledge. Desmond sang in the big bands of Bob Crosby and Gene Krupa and may well be best remembered for singing during WWII with Glenn Miller's military band, including singing in foreign languages for the broadcasts to the occupied and enemy nations. He later had some hit recordings as a solo artist after WWII and worked in film and television in the 1950's (I've only seen Calypso Heat Wave, which did not prepare me for this!). Although he is dubbed here, the fact that he CANNOT rely on his fine voice for his "performance" makes the quality of his acting even more evident. He is dynamic, handsome yet tough, convincing in the fight scenes, creates a three-dimensional complex character, and makes me wonder why he did not star in more European adventure films. I could see him handling the same kind of roles Ray Danton did in Europe, although with less self-parody. I had never heard of this film until recently stumbling across a copy, but I recommend it highly to fans of the genre. Also, any big-band fans who like Desmond's singing will definitely enjoy seeing their man starring in a historical adventure (even though he is dubbed).


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