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The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy | 27 September 1952 (USA)
During the 1700s, pirate Captain Vallo seizes a British warship and gets involved in various money-making schemes involving Caribbean rebels led by El Libre, British envoy Baron Jose Gruda, and a beautiful courtesan named Consuelo.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writer:

Roland Kibbee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Capt. Vallo (The Crimson Pirate)
Nick Cravat ... Ojo
Eva Bartok ... Consuelo
Torin Thatcher ... Humble Bellows
James Hayter ... Prof. Elihu Prudence
Leslie Bradley ... Baron José Gruda
Margot Grahame ... Bianca
Noel Purcell ... Pablo Murphy
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Sebastian
Eliot Makeham ... Governor
Frank Pettingell ... Colonel
Dana Wynter ... La Signorita (as Dagmar Wynter)
Christopher Lee ... Joseph - Military Attaché
Ewan Roberts ... Claw Paw
John Chandos John Chandos ... Stub Ear
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Storyline

Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure involving prison breaks, an oddball Scientist, sailing ships, naval fights, and tons of swordplay. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

MAN OF NINE LIVES AND 1000 SURPRISES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der rote Korsar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,850,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,500,000, 31 December 1952
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography, Sir Christopher Lee claimed that Director Robert Siodmak changed the original screenplay: "The script started life as serious, nay solemn, but Robert Siodmak, the director, with all the sure touch of real tension behind him in The Killers (1946) and The Spiral Staircase (1946), took stock of the material in forty-eight hours and turned it into a comedy." See more »

Goofs

Vallo wears red trousers when he, Ojo, and the Professor are abandoned in the small boat. When they're adrift, he wears gray trousers. (minute 61/63) See more »

Quotes

Vallo: You've sold me Humble Bellows - and to a king's flunky!
Humble Bellows: Aye. 'Tis my modest opinion that no man can fly pirate colors who's not willing to sell his friend, his sweetheart, or his mother.
Baron Jose Gruda: Well spoken, Mr. Bellows.
Vallo: Foul spoken it is, Humble Bellows. You've turned your hand against your captain's back. Yellow was never a pirate's colour.
Slimy: Nor rescuing a fair maiden a pirate caper.
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Connections

Referenced in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?
(uncredited)
Traditional sea shanty
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Rousing, ridiculous fun
4 September 2004 | by LaDonnaKeskesSee all my reviews

Once you suspend disbelief you can have a glorious time at this movie. The Technicolor looks fabulous on DVD, Burt Lancaster is an Adonis if ever there were, and there's silly fun to spare all around, from the striped tights to the giddy pitched battles and doofus redcoats to the springy Cravat.

You can easily see Spielberg and George Lucas learning their pacing and craft from this director, as well as outlandish stunts and fantastical conceits. You can't help but get caught up in it.

Not only that, those two kisses shared by Burt 'n Eva are HOT. Yumm.

For contrast, view Lancaster in Sweet Smell Of Success. Utter control.


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