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The Black Pirates (1954)

Pirates searching for treasure take over a small town in Central America where they believe the loot is buried, but discover that a church has been built over the spot. They force the ... See full summary »


Allen H. Miner


Fred Freiberger, Johnston McCulley (story "El Turbellino") | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Anthony Dexter ... Capt. Zargo
Martha Roth ... Juanita
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Padre Felipe (as Lon Chaney)
Robert Clarke ... Manuel Azaga
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ... Castro
Toni Gerry Toni Gerry ... Carlotta Luisa Maria Viego
Alfonso Bedoya ... Garza
Jorge Treviño Jorge Treviño ... (as George Trevino)
Francisco Reiguera Francisco Reiguera
Eddie Dutko Eddie Dutko ... Little Dog (as Edward Dutko)
Clai Simmons Clai Simmons
Laura Roth Laura Roth
Jerry St. John Jerry St. John


Pirates searching for treasure take over a small town in Central America where they believe the loot is buried, but discover that a church has been built over the spot. They force the townspeople to dig for it, but there are more surprises in store for them than they counted on. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Wild raiders of the tropic seas!




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Mexico | El Salvador | USA



Release Date:

24 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schwarze Piraten See more »

Filming Locations:

Panchimalco, El Salvador See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Salvador Films Corp. See more »
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Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film opens with the pirates landing on shore by rowboat. That's because there wasn't enough money in the budget to build or even rent a pirate ship. For the rest of the film, the "pirates" never leave land. See more »


Juanita: [to Manuel] What causes you more pain? Your bruises, or my kisses?
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Anthony Dexter and Lon Chaney
24 September 2009 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1954's "The Black Pirates" stars Anthony Dexter as the pirate leader Zargo, his crew without a ship, seeking to recover buried treasure on the site of a 1777 Salvadoran community known as the 'Village of Miracles,' supposedly beneath the church presided over by Padre Felipe (Lon Chaney), who confesses that he discovered their long gone fortune and used it to build this village, believing it to be a gift from God. These pirates are not the romanticized type represented by John Payne in 1953's "Raiders of the Seven Seas" (also with Chaney), but a ruthless, despicable lot whose climactic comeuppance is surprisingly bloody. Shot in the cheap Ansco color process at a genuine 350 year old church on location in Panchimalco, El Salvador (under hot and humid conditions), a fairly unexceptional land-locked outing with few redeeming features, mainly seeing Chaney cast against type as a sympathetic priest (a part he wisely held out for, as he was initially tabbed for one of the interchangeable pirates), plus Robert Clarke as a lovelorn villager who gets whipped for his troubles before leading his people against the invaders to keep their village from being destroyed. Anthony Dexter was already a huge celebrity in Central America due to his starring role as "Valentino" (1951), but quickly settled into lesser features such as "Fire Maidens of Outer Space" (1955), "The Story of Mankind" (1957), "12 to the Moon" (1959), and "The Phantom Planet" (1961). The second of Lon Chaney's three features from Lippert Pictures (the only one in color), preceded by "The Big Chase" and followed by "The Silver Star."

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