Buckle on your swashes for this swashbuckling adventure with a highlander who fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie who, after various escapades, becomes a pirate.Written by
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For the spectacular (but brief) scenes depicting the 1745 rebellion, this film used stock footage from the disastrously unsuccessful David Niven film, Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948), released only a few years earlier. Niven can actually be seen for a moment in one shot, albeit with his back to the camera. See more »
The so-called Spanish galleon is a frigate; galleons were replaced by frigates in the 17th century. See more »
Col. Francis Burke:
Why, you swindling scum of a coward! You mouse-hearted imitation of a man! You green crawling snake that slipped up from the slime when your thieving mother wasn't looking!
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There are some problems with this version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, not least of which is the changing of the ending and parts of the story to make it more appealing to the juvenile appetite. Psychological complexities are minimized here, so that what you're getting is an adventure yarn about greed and jealousy. It could have been a lot more.
Yet there are compensations. Jack Cardiff's photography is really eye-catching, and Mr. Livesey carves a nice bit of ham from his role. Flynn himself seems more interested in the proceedings than at any time since before the war. He is out of condition, and lacks physical vigor, but a clarity of eye indicates he may have had some inkling of what this could have been.
Made to utilize Warners Brothers frozen assets in England, the film is not Stevenson, but is but no means a bad way to pass part of a rainy afternoon.
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