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Anne of the Indies (1951)

In order to recover his ship impounded by the British, former pirate captain LaRochelle agrees to spy on the notorious Caribbean Sea pirates Blackbeard and Anne Providence.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Philip Dunne (screenplay), Arthur Caesar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Peters ... Captain Anne Providence
Louis Jourdan ... Captain Pierre François LaRochelle
Debra Paget ... Molly LaRochelle
Herbert Marshall ... Dr. Jameson
Thomas Gomez ... Captain Edward Teach aka Blackbeard
James Robertson Justice ... Red Dougal
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Herkimer
Sean McClory ... Hackett
Holmes Herbert ... English Sea Captain
Byron Nelson Byron Nelson ... Bear Handler
Douglas Bennett Douglas Bennett ... Bear Wrestler
Mario Siletti ... Slave Market Auctioneer
Robert R. Stephenson Robert R. Stephenson ... Tavern Host (as Bob Stephenson)
Carleton Young ... Pirate Mate
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Storyline

LaRochelle, a former pirate captain, is caught by the British. To get his ship back, he works as a spy against other pirates, first of all Blackbeard and Providence. He works on some ships, crossing the Caribbean sea, with the intention of being enchained, when a pirate ship is in sight, to make them believe he's an enemy of the British. One day, his ship is conquered by Captain Providence. What nobody knew before, Providence is a (beautiful, of course) woman. She believes his story and so he joins her crew. But Blackbeard, her fatherly friend, doesn't believe him. Providence and LaRochelle fall in love, although he is married. When LaRochelle tries to deliver her to the British, she forebodes the trap, kidnaps his wife and escapes. As for revenge, she wants to sell his wife on a slave-market. LaRochell gets his ship and his crew back and follows her. ... Written by Christian Wenger <wenger@ls7.informatik.uni-dortmund.de>

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The storming, slashing, sweeping saga of history's fabulous pirate queen !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ley del pirata See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Captain LaRochelle jumps from his burning ship, he is wearing a white shirt, but when subsequently brought aboard the Sheba Queen his shirt is green. Moments later when he enters Anne's cabin he is wearing yet a different shirt (sleeves hanging over cuffs) and a narrower cummerbund. See more »

Quotes

Captain Pierre François LaRochelle: I've worn irons. I've been spreadeagled and flogged. I've been under the cutlass of Blackbeard himself. And called red-handed cutthroats my friends. And stood by and watched murders and worse. And that's not all.
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Connections

Edited into Pirates of Tortuga (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Ann of the Indies
Music by Joe Cooper
Lyrics by George Jessel and Samuel Lerner
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Pirate nonsense with tomboyish Jean Peters swaggering with a sword...
23 September 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Fox must have had a lot of left-over sets from Tyrone Power's THE BLACK SWAN (and a trunkfull of period costumes on hand) when they decided to film ANNE OF THE INDIES. It provides JEAN PETERS with a flashy role as a lady pirate (a la Ann Boney), but her swagger seems more like the pose of a well-rehearsed actress willing to submit herself to a pirate film totally lacking originality aside from starring a lady pirate.

All the clichés are here, including the black-hearted Blackbeard the Pirate (THOMAS GOMEZ) given the hammy, tongue-in-cheek style usually reserved for such an outgoing villain. This time the captive is not a beautiful woman but a handsome Frenchman (LOUIS JOURDAN) who, naturally, catches the eye of the tomboyish heroine and makes her wish she looked more like a woman. What she doesn't know is that he does indeed have a wife (DEBRA PAGET) who fills the role of conventional beauty nicely.

Some of it is actually fun to watch and it's a no-brainer that, given the standards of the 1950s, the ending will conclude the way it does. I like JEAN PETERS very much, but this is one role that would have served MAUREEN O'HARA better. O'Hara had a more convincing way with a sword and the fiery temperament to go with the role.


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