The Crimson Pirate

Tag: Movie

Title: The Crimson Pirate
AKA: The Crimson Pirate
Year: 1952
Character: Joseph (attache)
Director: Robert Siodmak
Cameraman: Otto Heller
Screenplay: Roland Kibbee
Runtime: 105
Country: USA
Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Classification:
Notes:

Language: English
Audio: Mono (RCA Sound System)
Colour: Color (Technicolor)
Tagline: MAN OF NINE LIVES AND 1000 SURPRISES! (original print ad - all caps)
Ask me no questions: believe only what you see!
Hurtling out of a Vast Arena of Breathless Adventure!.
An astounding exhibition of daredevil deeds never before seen on the screen--and all filmed in the Mediterranean.

 

Plot:

Half affectionate parody and half enthusiastic tribute to the swashbuckling pirate epics of the 1930's and 40's, The Crimson Pirate stars Burt Lancaster as Captain Vallo, the smiling leader of a pack of unscrupulous pirates. While on the high seas, Vallo and his men spy a well-stocked merchant ship, and waste no time in relieving it of its contents. One of the passengers on the cargo vessel, Baron Gruda (Leslie E. Bradley), informs Vallo that a political revolt is shaking a island nation in the Caribbean to its foundations. The pirates set their course to the island, hoping to sell the arms they've just stolen to rebel leader Sebastian (Frederick Leister), while planning to later double their profit by turning him in to the Government leaders who are offering a reward for his capture. Vallo's plans change when he meets Sebastian's daughter Consuelo (Eva Bartok) and falls in love, while she teaches the pirate the wisdom of her father's philosophies. Vallo and his faithful sidekick Ojo (Nick Cravat) soon join Sebastian's men, and fight with them in a valiant struggle for freedom. Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat were once partners in their early days as circus acrobats, and they got to put their skills to good use in this picture; keep an eye peeled for an early performance by future horror movie great Christopher Lee.

Cast:

Burt Lancaster as Capt. Vallo (The Crimson Pirate)
Nick Cravat as Ojo
Eva Bartok as Consuelo
Torin Thatcher as Humble Bellows
James Hayter as Prof. Prudence
Leslie Bradley as Baron Jose Gruda
Margot Grahame as Bianca
Noel Purcell as Pablo Murphy
Frederick Leister as Sebastian
Eliot Makeham as Governor
Frank Pettingell as Colonel
Dana Wynter as La Signorita (as Dagmar Wynter)
Christopher Lee as Joseph (attache)
Ewan Roberts as Claw Paw
John Chandos as Stub Ear
Derek Tansley as Patch Eye
Charles Farrell as Poison Paul rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Horvath as  (unconfirmed)
Enzo Giobbe as Bit Part (uncredited)
Harry Lane as Bit Part (uncredited)
Barry Lowe as Pirate (uncredited)
Vittorio Martinelli as Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
Dennis Wyndham as Rebel in Wine Cellar (uncredited)

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