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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 »


Robert D. Webb


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





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 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


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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Across the 7 Corners of the 7 Seas...THEIRS WAS THE NAME FEARED ABOVE ALL OTHERS! See more »




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Relies primarily upon grainy mismatched stock footage from The Black Swan (1942) and Anne of the Indies (1951) enlarged and cropped to wide screen CinemaScope ratio. See more »


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 »


Edited from Anne of the Indies (1951) See more »

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Your mission, go fishin' for Henry Morgan
23 November 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Pirates Of Tortuga has Captain Ken Scott who is a privateer on a special mission from the Admiralty. He's been told that Henry Morgan the pirate king with whom they had a deal with when Great Britain was at war with Spain has gone rogue again and set himself in grand style living on Tortuga Island as a pirate king. His living of course is the commerce of the merchant fleet of the West Indies. He's been so good at it that Jamaica is close to starvation.

Scott's mission is relieve Jamaica first then get Morgan. Not so easy, but with his picked crew of buccaneers he's confident that they'll get the job done.

Going along for the ride is stowaway Leticia Roman, a cut purse from London who Scott feels sorry for. She's trouble at first, but proves her worth.

Olympic track star Rafer Johnson has a small part in Pirates Of Tortuga and Robert Stephens plays a dastardly Morgan.

Pirates Of Tortuga was done on the cheap with ample stock footage from such 20th Century Fox classics as the Black Swan and Anne Of The Indies.

Pleasant afternoon viewing for action/adventure fans.

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October 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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