Filming proved nightmarish, with Peter Sellers constantly clashing with director Peter Medak and insisting that some scenes be directed by his friend Spike Milligan, despite the latter's insistence that he didn't know much about filmmaking. Even worse was Sellers' relationship with co-star Anthony Franciosa, who apparently had to be physically restrained from beating up Sellers.
This was the first of three Pirate films that Peter Boyle appeared in in a 10 year period. The others were " Swashbuckler " and " Yellowbeard " , all made at a time when no one was really making Pirate films.
Filmed independently in 1973 for Columbia Pictures release, it was shelved by the studio, reportedly due to the "too parochial" nature of its comic content. Thought to be incomplete and unfinished, it reappeared on pay-TV over a decade later, in 1984.