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The Crimson Pirate (1952)

The Crimson Pirate (1952)

The Crimson Pirate




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Packed with laughter and high-seas hijinks, this film simultaneously pokes fun and pays tributes to old-fashioned swashbucklers. Led by the dashing Spanish pirate Vallo, a rollicksome band of scurvy dogs become the scourge of the Caribbean Colonials, supporting the revolutionaries at every turn.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Roland Kibbee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 1, 2003
Warner Bros. Pictures


Burt Lancaster
as Capt. Vallo
Torin Thatcher
as Humble Bellows
Eva Bartok
as Consuelo
James Hayter
as Prudence
Leslie E. Bradley
as Baron Jose Gruda
Noel Purcell
as Pablo Murphy
Eliot Makeham
as Governor
Dana Wynter
as La Signorita
Ewan Roberts
as Claw Paw
John Chandos
as Stub Ear
Derek Tansley
as Patch Eye
Harry Lane
as Uncredited
Charles Farrell
as Poison Paul
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Critic Reviews for The Crimson Pirate

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Carnival-like 1950s pirate yarn is fun for all.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Light-hearted pirate spoof, with brilliant color and unusual science fiction elements.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for The Crimson Pirate


Big, splashy entertainment but it goes on too long.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Classic swashbuckler full of fine action and slapstick humour. Pirates Of The Carribean pillaged many ideas from here, most blatantly, the walking under the sea in an upturned boat bit.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


The Crimson Pirate is a fine swashbuckler, with plenty of charm, action and lighthearted humour. Lancaster, a circus acrobat before turning to movies in the '40s, gives what may be his most physical performance as sword-for-hire Captain Vallo, a.k.a. the Crimson Pirate. Knowing that Lancaster was doing his own stunts elevated his charismatic performance, as most of them were spectacular and daring. Overall, well worth looking out for.

Jonny Crumley

Super Reviewer

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