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The Buccaneer (1938)

Approved | | Adventure, History | 4 February 1938 (USA)
Semi-fictional account of pirate Jean Lafitte's involvement in the War of 1812.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jean Lafitte
... Gretchen
... Dominique You
... Annette de Remy
... Ezra Peavey
... Senator Crawford
... Beluche
... Governor William C.C. Claiborne
... Aunt Charlotte
... Captain Brown
... Gramby (as Fred Hohler Sr.)
... General Andrew Jackson
John Rogers ... Mouse
Hans Steinke ... Tarsus
... Collector of the Port
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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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4 February 1938 (USA)  »

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Les flibustiers  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Lafitte's home in the movie was furnished with some of a famous collection of silver valued at $250,000. See more »


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Yankee Doodle
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Classic.
8 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

This a classic swashbuckling film....seemingly a film very typical for Cecil B. De Mille. Fredric March is superb in his role as Jean Lafite....also interesting to see Anthony Quinn as early as 1938. Do enjoy this piece of cinematic artwork. One must also remember that historically Andrew " Old Hickory " Jackson was eventually a U. S. President. Personally...I feel that March, Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster (The Crimson Pirate) are the actors that best typified " Pirates " in classic Hollywood. Although today credit must be given to Johnny Depp in both of the Pirates of the Caribbean pictures which I thoroughly enjoyed and which of course reminded me of the above-mentioned actors and their films


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