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Double Crossbones (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, History | 22 June 1951 (UK)
After being falsely accused of dishonesty, a young man decides to become a pirate.

Director:

Charles Barton (as Charles T. Barton)

Writers:

Oscar Brodney (screenplay), Oscar Brodney (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald O'Connor ... Davey Crandall
Helena Carter ... Lady Sylvia Copeland
Will Geer ... Tom Botts
John Emery ... Gov. Elden
Stanley Logan Stanley Logan ... Lord Montrose
Kathryn Givney ... Lady Montrose
Hayden Rorke ... Malcolm Giles
Morgan Farley ... Caleb Nicholas
Robert Barrat ... Henry Morgan
Alan Napier ... Capt. Kidd
Glenn Strange ... Capt. Ben Avery
Louis Bacigalupi Louis Bacigalupi ... Blackbeard
Hope Emerson ... Mistress Ann Bonney
Charles McGraw ... Capt. Ben Wickett
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Storyline

Falsely accused by the corrupt Governor Elden of Charleston of fencing stolen pirate booty, young Davey Crandall and friend Tom Botts buy passage on the ship of local buccaneer Bloodthirsty Ben. They avoid being killed by faking a case of the pox, which causes the panicked captain and crew to desert the ship. The two find themselves alone, and when a lucky cannon shot hits a mast on a British ship, they find themselves mistaken for pirates. They sail to Tortuga, where they recruit such notorious corsairs as Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, Anne Bonney, and Blackbeard to lay siege to Chaleston and expose the villain Elden. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Yo-ho-ho-ho ... it's a battle of fun !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dave, el sanguinario See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Anne Bonny's name is misspelled as "Ann." See more »

Quotes

Henry Morgan: [to Davey] We have our own ways of testing a man's mettle.
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Percy Had a Heart
Written by Lester Lee and Dan Shapiro
Sung/danced by Donald O'Connor
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DOUBLE CROSSBONES (Charles T. Barton, 1951) **
7 December 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Swashbuckling comedy, not as bad as I had anticipated but clearly no more than a footnote within the annals of this colorful action genre (here in its heyday). Donald O'Connor is an amiable and undeniably energetic lead (obviously, he gets to sing and dance too) – playing a shop-keeper's assistant who wants to make good for love of heroine Helena Carter. She, however, is coveted by her much older guardian…who also happens to be the (actually treacherous) Governor of the colony in which events are set.

Immediately falling foul of pirate Charles McGraw, O'Connor eventually finds himself serving under him – after he, his pal and their employer are accused (by none other than the Governor himself) of accepting and selling stolen goods. The villain, in fact, is in cahoots with a society of legendary pirates comprising Sir Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, Ann Bonney (Anne Of The Indies – whose story, incidentally, was being told contemporaneously in a much more satisfying film by that title), Captain Kidd, etc.; apparently, this Governor's so mean that even they are no more than his mere underlings!

Anyway, O'Connor eventually captures a ship practically single-handed (and sets free the convicts within, among them James Arness, on their way to Debtors' Prison), which wins him the moniker "Bloodthirsty Dave" and – naturally – a place in the pirate brotherhood. Recognizing the Governor's right-hand man as the courier of his message to them, the hero realizes the statesman's dual nature and determines to meet Carter in order to stop her impending marriage (she had earlier shunned O'Connor for his own buccaneering activity!).

This he does by impersonating a foppish aristocrat at a ball (whose presence causes a snobbish lady to enquire "Who is that weird creature?"), though his ruse is discovered soon after and lands him once again in jail. Needless to say, everything comes out right by the end: the villain receives his come-uppance after engaging in a fencing duel with O'Connor on a ship's mast, hero and heroine marry, and the pirates – given a royal pardon – turn respectable…or do they?


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