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Pirates of Tortuga (1961)

Not Rated | | Adventure | October 1961 (USA)
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An English captain and his crew are dispatched to the Spanish-controlled island of Tortuga, where famed privateer Henry Morgan has defected from his support of the English Empire and is ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert D. Webb

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Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) (as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.), Melvin Levy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ken Scott ... Bart Paxton
Letícia Román ... Meg Graham
Dave King ... Pee Wee
John Richardson ... Percy
Rafer Johnson ... John Gammel
Robert Stephens ... Henry Morgan
Rachel Stephens ... Phoebe
Stanley Adams ... Captain Montbars
Edgar Barrier ... Sir Thomas Mollyford
James Forrest James Forrest ... Reggie
Patrick Sexton Patrick Sexton ... Randolph
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Bonnett
Hortense Petra Hortense Petra ... Lola
Malcolm Cassell Malcolm Cassell ... Kipper
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An English captain and his crew are dispatched to the Spanish-controlled island of Tortuga, where famed privateer Henry Morgan has defected from his support of the English Empire and is running a strictly piratical venture, stopping any and all vessels including English.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I pirati di Tortuga See more »

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Clover Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 9.5 seconds See more »

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At the opening of the theatrical trailer (also in the DVD), before the inserts of two bar girls in a slap fight and a scene of bear wrestling, taken from Anne of the Indies, one sees the name of a ship going away from the camera: 'Sheba Queen'. The letters are inverted, as on a mirror. The ship close-up is not part of the film itself. See more »

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PIRATES OF TORTUGA (Robert D. Webb, 1961) **
7 April 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

One of the myriad cheapies churned out by independent film producers (here Sam Katzman) under the aegis of a major Hollywood studio (20th Century Fox) and which revolves around the exploits of a notorious pirate figure (Sir Henry Morgan). Despite being fully aware of the film’s non-reputation even among others of its type, I was still taken in by the relatively decent cast (Robert Stephens, Leticia Roman and John Richardson) and the promise of colorful entertainment (brought on by my recent spate of similar superior outings).

Unfortunately, PIRATES OF TORTUGA falls far short of earlier movies about Morgan – THE BLACK SWAN (1942) or even the contemporaneous MORGAN, THE PIRATE (1961) – and proves to be a lackluster affair with a poverty of imagination on display that is quite dispiriting. To start with, Morgan (an over-the-top Stephens) himself only appears half-way through with the result that we are left largely in the company of a truly overbearing gypsy of a leading lady (Roman), a listless hero (Ken Jones) and his puerile cronies (Richardson and Dave King). Add to that the intermittent usage of action stock footage lifted from earlier Fox seafaring productions, the uncharacteristic popping up of modern slang in the dialogue and the sheer predictability of the whole venture and it’s small wonder that very little time has elapsed before the film starts to sink…right out of one’s memory!

For the record, director Robert D. Webb had much earlier won an Oscar as an assistant director (in one of the few times these awards where handed out) on IN OLD CHICAGO (1937) and had also guided Elvis Presley through his first film LOVE ME TENDER (1956); incidentally, I might get to check out six(!) of his other directorial chores in the future: not just two notable Westerns WHITE FEATHER (1955; with Jeffrey Hunter and Robert Wagner, which I have in my DVD collection) and THE PROUD ONES (1956; with Robert Ryan and Jeffrey Hunter again, which I intend to acquire) but also a few more available at local DVD rental outlets: BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF (1953; which I haven’t watched in ages), the aforementioned LOVE ME TENDER, THE CAPE TOWN AFFAIR (1967; a remake of Samuel Fuller’s PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET [1953]) and THE JACKALS (1967; featuring Vincent Price and a remake of William A. Wellman’s YELLOW SKY [1948], which I own and intend to watch presently as part of my ongoing Richard Widmark tribute).


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