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Double Crossbones (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, History | 22 June 1951 (UK)
After being falsely accused of dishonesty, a young man decides to become a pirate.

Director:

Charles Barton (as Charles T. Barton)

Writers:

Oscar Brodney (screenplay), Oscar Brodney (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald O'Connor ... Davey Crandall
Helena Carter ... Lady Sylvia Copeland
Will Geer ... Tom Botts
John Emery ... Gov. Elden
Stanley Logan Stanley Logan ... Lord Montrose
Kathryn Givney ... Lady Montrose
Hayden Rorke ... Malcolm Giles
Morgan Farley ... Caleb Nicholas
Robert Barrat ... Henry Morgan
Alan Napier ... Capt. Kidd
Glenn Strange ... Capt. Ben Avery
Louis Bacigalupi Louis Bacigalupi ... Blackbeard
Hope Emerson ... Mistress Ann Bonney
Charles McGraw ... Capt. Ben Wickett
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Storyline

Falsely accused by the corrupt Governor Elden of Charleston of fencing stolen pirate booty, young Davey Crandall and friend Tom Botts buy passage on the ship of local buccaneer Bloodthirsty Ben. They avoid being killed by faking a case of the pox, which causes the panicked captain and crew to desert the ship. The two find themselves alone, and when a lucky cannon shot hits a mast on a British ship, they find themselves mistaken for pirates. They sail to Tortuga, where they recruit such notorious corsairs as Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, Anne Bonney, and Blackbeard to lay siege to Chaleston and expose the villain Elden. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Yo-ho-ho-ho ... it's a battle of fun !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dave, el sanguinario See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Captain Kidd and Henry Morgan are anachronisms when depicted with Amne Bonny, who was born in 1702. Kidd was hanged in 1701 and Morgan died in 1688. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Ben Wickett: You fed our passengers well, Mr. Kobb?
Mr. Kobb: Very well, Captain.
Capt. Ben Wickett: Good, Ill not have it said that Bloodthirsty Ben is lacking in his duties as a host. Now that you have dined the two gentlemen, wine them.
Mr. Kobb: Aye, sir.
Capt. Ben Wickett: Then throw them overboard.
Mr. Kobb: Aye, aye, sir.
[laughter]
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Percy Had a Heart
Written by Lester Lee and Dan Shapiro
Sung/danced by Donald O'Connor
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A rarely seen, oddball, 'Pirate' musical comedy
3 February 2006 | by arodeSee all my reviews

A very strange movie featuring Donald O'Connor as a pirate-by-mistake who sings, dances and farces his way out of trouble to win the hand of comely Helena Carter. Notable for an outstanding supporting cast of players including Charles McGraw, Hope Emerson- a fearsomely funny Amazonian female pirate- Will Geer, a young Jim Arness and many other familiar faces in glorious Technicolor.

I am intensely curious who came up with the idea for this film and successfully got it funded and made by Universal-International. Whoever contrived and made the pitch could have sold the Brooklyn Bridge several times over.

An odd attempt that doesn't work due to an over talky, gimmicky script that simply isn't very funny. Director Charles Barton had better luck with Abbott and Costello. Handsome production design and earnest performances just don't click, but how can one resist Charlie McGraw and Hope Emerson in pirate mufti toasting their collective health and prosperity?!


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