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Yankee Buccaneer (1952)

Captain David Porter of the fledgling American Navy receives orders to masquerade as a privateer in order to corral some Caribbean pirates.


Frederick De Cordova (as Frederick de Cordova)


Charles K. Peck Jr. (screenplay), Charles K. Peck Jr. (story)




Complete credited cast:
Jeff Chandler ... Cmdr. David Porter
Scott Brady ... Lt. David Farragut
Suzan Ball ... Countess Margarita La Raguna
Joseph Calleia ... Count Domingo Del Prado
George Mathews ... Chief Petty Officer Link
Rodolfo Acosta ... Poulini
David Janssen ... Beckett
Joseph Vitale ... Scarjack
Michael Ansara ... Lt. Romero
James Parnell James Parnell ... Redell
Jay Silverheels ... Lead Warrior


A United States Navy ship in the first half of the 19th century, under the command of Captain David Porter, is expecting to put ashore after a year on the seas; but the arrival of one of Porter's ex-students, the willful and independent Lieutenant David Farragut, brings a new mission: to disguise the ship and crew as a pirate ship and help the Navy locate the criminals who have been robbing America's merchant fleet. But as Farragut's disobedience threatens the safety of the crew, they stumble upon an international conspiracy. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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David Farragut went on to serve through the Civil War. At the Battle of Mobile Bay he uttered the famous line, "Damn the torpedoes (mines), full speed ahead." For his service during the war, Congress authorized the new rank of Rear Admiral for him. He became the first Rear Admiral in the US Navy, and later the first Vice Admiral and the first Admiral. See more »


Cannon were secured against rolling across the decks. The scene where Flint is pinioned by the loose cargo, barrels, and rolling cannon would not have happened. See more »


Cmdr. David Porter: I'm afraid there's a limit to nobility... even for Americans.
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YANKEE BUCCANEER (Frederick De Cordova, 1952) **1/2
7 December 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

The best, if not exactly satisfying, of the three seemingly randomly-chosen swashbucklers by Universal to accompany the above-average Errol Flynn vehicle AGAINST ALL FLAGS (1952) is this unusual entry in the genre.

As the title has it, lead Jeff Chandler is a U.S. naval officer who's ordered to carry out acts of piracy in order to ferret out the real culprits behind the sinking of American ships. These prove to be an amalgamation of Brazilian, Portuguese and Spanish villains (led by our own Joseph Calleia hiding under the respectable guise of the Spanish governor – whose appearance is delayed until the last half-hour, but he's as reliable as ever…and like the Robert Douglas of BUCCANEER'S GIRL [1950], from the same director, is allowed to go free after being made to walk the plank).

Chandler himself – who would later star in the similarly-titled genre outing YANKEE PASHA (1954) – is a bit of a martinet, with rebellious first-mate and ex-student Scott Brady usually at the receiving end of his ire; when he tries to make up for his errors behind the captain's back, by fixing the ship's rudder at night, Brady's attacked by and kills a shark! This animosity eventually intensifies when the latter comes back from a scouting expedition to the Indies with a Portuguese countess (luscious Suzan Ball, whose debut this was: she had a brief and tragic career, dying in 1955 at the tender age of 21!).

Though the film is far from a classic, slightly marred by the resistible comic antics of George Mathews and featuring little traditional action before the last reel, it's a reasonably enjoyable romp nonetheless – with a rousing score by an uncredited(!) Milton Rosen and shot in glorious Technicolor by the distinguished Russell Metty.

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Release Date:

17 April 1953 (Finland) See more »

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Bucaneros del Caribe See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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