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Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance | 29 June 1953 (Japan)
Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship's surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Alan Le May (screenplay) (as Alan LeMay), DeVallon Scott (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Newton ... Edward Teach / Blackbeard
Linda Darnell ... Edwina Mansfield
William Bendix ... Ben Worley
Keith Andes ... Robert Maynard
Torin Thatcher ... Sir Henry Morgan
Irene Ryan ... Alvina, a Lady in Waiting
Alan Mowbray ... Noll
Richard Egan ... Briggs
Skelton Knaggs ... Gilly
Dick Wessel ... Dutchman
Anthony Caruso ... Pierre La Garde
Jack Lambert ... Tom Whetstone
Noel Drayton ... Jeremy
Pat Flaherty ... Job Maggot
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Storyline

In 1674, "reformed" pirate Sir Henry Morgan is a high official in Jamaica, but Edward Maynard hopes to win a large reward by proving Morgan still dabbles in piracy. Maynard goes undercover as ship's surgeon with a Morgan henchman...who's been supplanted by notorious Blackbeard himself. Also on the ship is Edwina Mansfield, seemingly a damsel in distress, to whom there's much more than meets the eye. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The thunder of their plundering shook the earth, the seas, the sky! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1953 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackbeard the Pirate See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,250,000, 31 December 1952
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Initially, Robert Stevenson was to direct the picture, with a cast headed by Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue, Victor Mature and Jack Buetel. See more »

Goofs

There is an obvious stunt double during the sword fight scene at the end. See more »

Quotes

Edwina Mansfield: [to Blackbeard] You slimy coward! You'd make the flesh crawl on a squid!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "The meeker the man, the more pirate he, Snug in his armchair, far from the sea, And reason commends his position: He has all of the fun and none of the woes, Masters the ladies and scuttles his foes, And cheats both the noose and perdition!"

"THE ARMCHAIR PIRATE" -Anon.- See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Yellowbeard (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

A-Roving
(uncredited)
Traditional sea shanty
Sung by pirate crew
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For connoisseurs of ham, here's one of the all-time greats!
12 July 2001 | by jamil-5See all my reviews

I am gratified that so many others have commented on Robert Newton's completely over-the-top performance in the title role. Unfortunately, it completely transcends the otherwise conventional Hollywood pirate movie that surrounds it. When he's on the screen, nothing else exists. Yes, it's ham-acting at its hammiest but it's virtuoso ham acting that hardly anyone could hope to match. He rolls his eyes, growls, orates...he simply takes over the movie and almost gives ham-acting a good name. The only performances of this kind that I can think of which come close to matching him are Orson Welles (in many things but especially in "Black Magic") and Ralph Richardson in "Things to Come."


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