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Caribbean (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | September 1952 (USA)
Francis Barclay, a former member of the British Admiralty, who was captured in the early 1700s, and sold into slavery, by Andrew McAllister, and forced into piracy, enlists the aid of Dick ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Ludwig

Writers:

Ellery H. Clark (novel), Frank L. Moss (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Payne ... Dick Lindsay / Robert MacAllister
Arlene Dahl ... Christine Barclay McAllister
Cedric Hardwicke ... Captain Francis Barclay (as Sir Cedrick Hardwicke)
Francis L. Sullivan ... Andrew MacAllister
Willard Parker ... Shively, MacAllister's Overseer
Dennis Hoey ... Burford, Barclay's Lieutenant
Clarence Muse ... Quashy
William Pullen William Pullen ... Robert MacAllister, Andrew MacAllister's nephew
Walter Reed ... Evans, MacAllister's Foreman
Ramsay Hill Ramsay Hill ... Townsend
John Hart ... Stuart
Zora Donahoo Zora Donahoo ... Elizabeth, Head Maid
Woody Strode ... Esau, MacAllister Guard
Ezeret Anderson Ezeret Anderson ... Cudjo
Kermit Pruitt Kermit Pruitt ... Quarino
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Francis Barclay, a former member of the British Admiralty, who was captured in the early 1700s, and sold into slavery, by Andrew McAllister, and forced into piracy, enlists the aid of Dick Lindsay, to help him invade MacAllister's fortified island. The latter falls in love with MacAllister's daughter,Christine. Complications arise as the man thought to be a nephew of one man may not be, and the daughter one one man may be the other man's daughter. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Geliebte des Korsaren See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Christine Barclay McAllister: Will the gentlemen like me?
Dick Lindsay: Yes. Until they get to know you.
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Trite script, hokey direction but OH, those production values!
30 March 2012 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

However grim the subject (in this case, the slave trade), a little sense of humor can take off the edge. Unfortunately, "Caribbean" doesn't offer that much needed sense of humor. John Payne makes a surprisingly bland hero, much in contrast to his wonderful turn in Tripoli. Arlene Dahl, gorgeously decorative, really hokes this one up. One can only imagine what Maureen O'Hara or Rhonda could have done with the part. Even the key supporting players fail to impress, with the exception of the extraordinary Cedric Hardwicke, and actor who probably never gave a bad role. One could only imagine how could "Caribbean" could have been with everyone else performing to Hardwicke's fine standards.

The script is episodic and badly paced. The duologue is so forgettable, it might as well have been a silent movie with "matinee cards". Nonetheless, one cannot help but marvel at the gorgeous production values of this superb use of Technicolor, miniatures and costumes. In fact, the beast way to see "Caribbean" is silent, with some really good orchestral music off YouTube. The plot is so predictable and obvious, you wouldn't miss the duologue and you would be spared a musical score more appropriate for a 20s silent film. You'd also miss repeated use of the "N" word, which has become so derogatory, schools have tried to censor it from Mark Twain.

Nonetheless, on the strength of Hardwicke's performance and aforementioned production values, I give "Caribbean" a "6".


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