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The Buccaneer (1938)

Semi-fictional account of pirate Jean Lafitte's involvement in the War of 1812.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Edwin Justus Mayer (screenplay), Harold Lamb (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fredric March ... Jean Lafitte
Franciska Gaal ... Gretchen
Akim Tamiroff ... Dominique You
Margot Grahame ... Annette de Remy
Walter Brennan ... Ezra Peavey
Ian Keith ... Senator Crawford
Anthony Quinn ... Beluche
Douglass Dumbrille ... Governor William C.C. Claiborne
Beulah Bondi ... Aunt Charlotte
Robert Barrat ... Captain Brown
Fred Kohler ... Gramby (as Fred Hohler Sr.)
Hugh Sothern ... General Andrew Jackson
John Rogers John Rogers ... Mouse
Hans Steinke Hans Steinke ... Tarsus
Stanley Andrews ... Collector of the Port
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Storyline

In the War of 1812, the British have sacked Washington and hope to capture New Orleans, where pirate Jean Lafitte romances blueblooded Annette de Remy and openly sells his loot in a pirates' market. But he never attacks American ships. Can the British bribe Lafitte to help them? Can Lafitte persuade American authorities of his loyalty? Will a love triangle between Annette and pretty Dutch girl Gretchen (survivor of a pirates' prize) bring about Lafitte's undoing? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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To the world he was a ruthless adventurer!.. To her the most romantic man that ever lived! Yet she unwittingly destroyed the hero she loved! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

4 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les flibustiers See more »

Filming Locations:

Baldwin Oaks, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Anthony Quinn, who plays Beluche, directed the remake of this film (The Buccaneer (1958)). Douglass Dumbrille, who played Gov. Claiborne in this film, appeared in the 1958 remake, in which he played a prominent New Orleans citizen. See more »


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Cecil B. DeMille's The Buccaneer is a rousing historical epic
21 July 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Having just moved back to Baton Rouge, La. in 2003 after living in Jacksonville, Fla. for the previous 16 years, I started getting reacquainted with the history of the state I had first lived much of my life from age 7 to 19. One of those sources was from this Cecil B. DeMille account of Louisiana's pirate-hero Jean Lafitte. It was he and his men who helped General Andrew Jackson with his troops defeat the British at The Battle of New Orleans. This was in exchange for a full pardon for him and his men after originally getting a price on his head from the Governor of The Pelican State. Fredric March makes a dashing Lafitte with Akim Tamiroff splendid as his sidekick Dominique. Margot Grahame is Lafitte's fiancée while Franciska Gaal is the Dutch girl Gretchen who falls for Jean after walking the plank from another ship that was lead by a man who betrayed Lafitte. Walter Brennan is funny here as Peavey, a sidekick to General Jackson (Hugh Sothern). Watch what happens when he and Tamiroff have a scene together! Because of some of the accents and the speed of some of the dialogue, I couldn't understand everything that was said but most of the time it was the action that got to me, especially when the American military men initially were attacking Lafitte's men as they were about to welcome them. Grahame and Gaal had their own feminine charms that made either one good chemistry with March so whichever one ended up with him would have been fine. I think I've said enough so I'll just say for anyone who loves a good old-fashioned story with some history thrown in, I highly recommend Cecil B. DeMille's The Buccaneer.


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