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Against All Flags (1952)

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Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Æneas MacKenzie (screenplay) (as Aeneas MacKenzie), Joseph Hoffman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Brian Hawke
Maureen O'Hara ... Prudence 'Spitfire' Stevens
Anthony Quinn ... Capt. Roc Brasiliano
Alice Kelley Alice Kelley ... Princess Patma
Mildred Natwick ... Molvina MacGregor
Robert Warwick ... Capt. Kidd
Harry Cording ... Gow
John Alderson John Alderson ... Jonathan Harris
Phil Tully Phil Tully ... Jones
Lester Matthews ... Sir Cloudsley
Tudor Owen ... Williams
Maurice Marsac ... Capt. Moisson
James Craven James Craven ... Capt. Hornsby
James Fairfax James Fairfax ... Krukshank - Barber
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Storyline

In 1700, the pirates of Madagascar menace the India trade; British officer Brian Hawke has himself cashiered, flogged, and set adrift to infiltrate the pirate "republic." There, Hawke meets lovely Spitfire Stevens, a pirate captain in her own right, and the sparks begin to fly; but wooing a pirate poses unique problems. Especially after he rescues adoring young Princess Patma from a captured ship. Meanwhile, Hawke's secret mission proceeds to an action-packed climax. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Thundering Guns and Clahing Steel bring you the greatest adventure of them all! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1953 (Croatia) See more »

Also Known As:

Gegen alle Flaggen See more »

Filming Locations:

Palos Verdes, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,600,000, 31 December 1953
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although George Sherman is the credited director, most of the direction was done by Douglas Sirk. See more »

Goofs

In the final battle aboard the Scorpion, Harris kills the same pirate twice. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Roberts: Look you know Captain Kidd, a man with the guts to spy upon us would have the guts to take 20 on his bare back, would he not whatever? Indeed to Goodness!
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Connections

Remade as The King's Pirate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Haul on the Bowline
(uncredited)
Traditional sea shanty
Performed by Errol Flynn
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One of my favorite pirate films
10 October 2001 | by lora64See all my reviews

Excellent pirate entertainment! It has all the good ingredients to keep one's attention -- an absorbing tale of intrigue, a fiery lady pirate named Spitfire Stevens (Maureen O'Hara) who's attracted to the irresistible Mr. Hawke (Errol Flynn) who is out on a secret mission of his own. They make a fine romantic pair onscreen -- sigh!

Anthony Quinn is the mean, bad pirate weaving his villainous web of divide and conquer. I noticed the very familiar face of Mildred Natwick playing a supporting role as Mrs. MacGregor, the protector of young Princess Patma (Alice Kelley).

There is beautifully filmed scenery of shorelines, ships, and the bay. Lots of action too of sword fighting clashes, ship battles, daring leaps of Errol Flynn (Robin Hood on board ship!). From the flaming redhead herself I once heard in an interview of Maureen O'Hara that she boasted great command of the bullwhip and could also outdo Flynn in sword fighting in those days but there'd be no need to put it to the test here.

Very enjoyable movie.


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