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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)

Gross USA:

$2,500,000, 31 December 1952
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. 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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Trivia

Co-Producers Burt Lancaster and Harold Hecht were not fans of the witch hunts then taking place of Communists in Hollywood, led by the House Un-American Activities Committee. This movie was a sly slap at those activities, starting with the title, "The Crimson Pirate", during the "red scare" of the fifties, and continuing with the plotline, of a government denying the rights of the people. They got away with it, as almost nobody noticed the political content of a pirate comedy-adventure movie. See more »

Goofs

While fleeing from the soldiers to establish themselves as rebels, after the hidden trampoline jump from one building to another, the light source in the last window obviously changes. See more »

Quotes

Vallo: Why did you bolt your cabin door last night?
Consuelo: If you knew it was bolted you must have tried it. If you tried it, you know why it was bolted.
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Spoofed in The Meaning of Life (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
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Traditional sea shanty
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This movie is pure happiness, for kids and adults
22 May 2000 | by pzanardoSee all my reviews

"The Crimson Pirate" is pure happiness, for kids and adults. Everything contributes to the mirth of the audience: the bright colors of the beautiful, careful photography, the frenetic, pyrotechnic action, the outstanding acrobatic performances by Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat, the humour of the dialogues and also (why not?) the loveliness and charm of Eva Bartok and of the other supporting actresses. A common question asked by parents seeing this movie with their children: What character did you like best? The unanimous answer by the kids will be: Ojo! In fact, Ojo (Nick Cravat) can deservedly compete for the title of the nicest character in movie history. And the great actor-legend Burt Lancaster (captain Vallo) is just perfect in his smiling auto-irony. By the way, when I happen to see again the video of "The Crimson Pirate" (my daughters know it nearly by heart), I am always stunned by how beautifully this movie is made. Certainly it is a major work, somewhat hidden behind its extreme fun. A final remark: the director of this masterpiece of comic and adventure is Robert Siodmak, a former great specialist of dark thrillers and noirs ("The Spiral Staircase" "The Killers"). This gives an idea of how deeply talented the old Hollywood masters were.


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