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Prince of Pirates (1953)

Approved | | Adventure | 7 March 1953 (USA)
In a 16th century kingdom in the Netherlands, the newly crowned King Stephan concludes a secret treaty with the Spanish. This puts him at odds with his younger brother, Prince Roland, who ... See full summary »


Sidney Salkow


John O'Dea (screenplay), Samuel Newman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Derek ... Prince Roland
Barbara Rush ... Countess Nita Orde
Carla Balenda ... Princess Maria
Whitfield Connor ... King Stephan
Edgar Barrier ... Count Blanco
Robert Shayne ... Prime Minister Treeg
Harry Lauter ... Jan
Don C. Harvey ... Koepke (as Don Harvey)
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... Greb
Glase Lohman Glase Lohman ... Brenner
Gene Roth ... Captain Brock
Bob Peoples Bob Peoples ... Carl
Sandy Sanders ... Meyers
Joe McGuinn ... General DuBois (as Joseph F. McGuinn)
Al Cantor Al Cantor ... Lund


In a 16th century kingdom in the Netherlands, the newly crowned King Stephan concludes a secret treaty with the Spanish. This puts him at odds with his younger brother, Prince Roland, who favors a treaty with the French. Stephan orders Roland imprisoned but Roland escapes and leads a revolt. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Tyranny drove him to piracy!




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Release Date:

7 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Piraten an Bord See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An abundance of stock Technicolor footage from earlier films, particularly Joan of Arc (1948), is used to advantage, but some scratched black and white clips from a much earlier and unidentifiable film give the game away. See more »


King Stephan: It seems you have been causing you *wife* an unaccountable number of headaches. Hasn't he, darling?
Princess Maria: Your brother seems to think I enjoyed your little treachery.
Prince Roland: The greatest treachery, madam, was fate's interfering hand.
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Minor, unpretentious swashbuckler
27 December 2002 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

Despite the title, this isn't really a pirate movie, though there are a few sequences set at sea in 16th-century sailing ships. Instead, most of the action takes place in a small kingdom in the Netherlands where the evil king is trying to squash a revolt led by his virtuous younger brother. The budget isn't big enough to give this story the "sweep" which it needs and both its direction and screenplay lack "flair," but the results still have a likable quality and the running time comes in at a brisk 80 minutes.

The usually-reliable Barbara Rush seems lost in this production but Carla Balenda, as a haughty Spanish princess, manages to make a modest impression. Every time she looks at John Derek she seems to be mentally stripping him down to the 16-century equivalent of a jockstrap. As for Derek, he looks appropriately dashing but despite his status as little more than a hunk of beefcake, he keeps all his clothes on throughout the movie.

Don C. Harvey gets to do a bare-chest scene when he's whipped in the king's dungeon, but the lashes are applied rather lackadaisically and there's no attempt to augment their sound. This flogging ranks 93rd in the book, "Lash! The Hundred Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies." Not sure this is a goof, but following his "escape" from that dungeon, Harvey's shown lying on his back in bed, recuperating. On his back? But wouldn't his back be torn to ribbons by that whipping?

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