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The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy | 27 September 1952 (USA)
During the 1700s, pirate Captain Vallo seizes a British warship and gets involved in various money-making schemes involving Caribbean rebels led by El Libre, British envoy Baron Jose Gruda, and a beautiful courtesan named Consuelo.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writer:

Roland Kibbee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Capt. Vallo (The Crimson Pirate)
Nick Cravat ... Ojo
Eva Bartok ... Consuelo
Torin Thatcher ... Humble Bellows
James Hayter ... Prof. Elihu Prudence
Leslie Bradley ... Baron José Gruda
Margot Grahame ... Bianca
Noel Purcell ... Pablo Murphy
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Sebastian
Eliot Makeham ... Governor
Frank Pettingell ... Colonel
Dana Wynter ... La Signorita (as Dagmar Wynter)
Christopher Lee ... Joseph - Military Attaché
Ewan Roberts ... Claw Paw
John Chandos John Chandos ... Stub Ear
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Storyline

Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure involving prison breaks, an oddball Scientist, sailing ships, naval fights, and tons of swordplay. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der rote Korsar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,850,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography, Sir Christopher Lee claimed that Director Robert Siodmak changed the original screenplay: "The script started life as serious, nay solemn, but Robert Siodmak, the director, with all the sure touch of real tension behind him in The Killers (1946) and The Spiral Staircase (1945), took stock of the material in forty-eight hours and turned it into a comedy." See more »

Goofs

When the King's men capture the pirate ship in the harbor and throw the drunk pirates overboard, footage of the same pirate is used twice, but out of sequence. First, a pirate with a torn dirty white shirt, gray head wrap, and dirty yellow trousers is shown being dropped over the side, then a few seconds later the same pirate is shown being picked up before being tossed over. See more »

Quotes

Consuelo: You are a fighter. Fight with us. Fight for something decent.
Vallo: Not I. All my life I've watched injustice and dishonesty fly the flag of decency. I don't trust it.
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Connections

Edited into La classe américaine (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
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Traditional sea shanty
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" Gather 'round lads, gather round "
8 May 2007 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Caribbean Pirates have always been a staple for Hollywood. For that matter, pirates of the open sea are selected because there's always a colorful (if you consider black to be colorful) character within most sea epics. If Hollywood were to make a realistic movie of the exploits of real pirates, the film would be condemned. True depiction of actual pirates would include brutality, torture, robbery, butchery, ravishment, rape and wanton murder and would have investors scrambling for an army of lawyers. But since American audiences are not ready for realistic pirates, they can only provide us with child-proof ones. In the nineteen fifties, Hollywood created the rousing tale of the "Crimson Pirate" which starred handsome, debonair, wide smiling Burt Lancaster, as Captain Vello. A fun film to be sure and one which includes, his old friend, Nick Cravat as Lt. Ojo, Torin Thatcher as Humble Bellows, Leslie Bradley as the villain, Baron Jose Gruda, Noel Purcell as Pablo Murphy and of course, beautiful Eva Bartok as Consuelo. It's an old formula, boy pirate hopping for a big score, falls for lovely girl who's idealistic father is in prison by royal decree. Smitten, the courageous and action oriented outlaw, is reformed and with love as his goal, risks all to redeem himself and his crew. An interesting and fun adventure for Lancaster fans. ****


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