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Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)

Approved | | Adventure | 27 May 1953 (USA)
Barbarossa, a pirate, frees a group of Spanish prisoners and makes them his crew. On a raid, he takes as a prize a Spanish countess, Alida. He has fallen in love with her by the time he ... See full summary »

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John O'Dea (story), Sidney Salkow (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... Barbarossa
Donna Reed ... Alida
Gerald Mohr ... Captain Jose Salcedo
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Peg Leg (as Lon Chaney)
Anthony Caruso ... Renzo
Henry Brandon ... Captain Goiti
Skip Torgerson Skip Torgerson ... Datu
Frank DeKova ... Captain Romero
William Tannen ... Ramon
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Pablo
Claire Du Brey ... Señora Salcedo
Howard Freeman ... Mayor Pompaño
Anthony Warde ... Don Delgado
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Barbarossa, a pirate, frees a group of Spanish prisoners and makes them his crew. On a raid, he takes as a prize a Spanish countess, Alida. He has fallen in love with her by the time he arranges for her ransom by the officer who was to marry her. Exposing her intended as a coward and a liar, he goes to ask for her hand but she has escaped, and Barbarossa thinks she is the one who killed his aide, Peg-Leg. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He held the world at sword point! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbarossa See more »

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Global Pictures (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The line "They're still alone, only about two kilometers ahead." betrays anachronism because the unit of distance kilometer wasn't put into use until a much later time in history. See more »

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Light-hearted pirate adventure is entertaining...
3 February 2006 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

The light-hearted nature of this pirate adventure is immediately evident as the film opens with Barbarosa (Payne) being discovered romancing some harem ladies whereupon he's furiously chased by soldiers. He manages to reach the seacoast and swims out to the nearest ship. This is the best part of the film as he surreptitiously climbs aboard and rather than becoming a galley slave, he persuades the crew to mutiny and then to piracy with him as their chief!

From then on it's pretty standard pirate movie fare. Henry Brandon and Gerald Mohr are surprisingly effective as wealthy but dishonest Spanish schemers, but their modern haircuts don't go very well with their elaborate 17th century court costumes. Donna Reed looks good, but is not convincing as the haughty daughter of a Spanish governor. The film comes alive only when John Payne is on screen, but nevertheless manages to entertain.


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