The Crimson Pirate (1952)

The Crimson Pirate


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Roland Kibbee
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On DVD: Jul 1, 2003
Warner Bros. Pictures


as Capt. Vallo

as Humble Bellows

as Consuelo

as Prudence

as Baron Jose Gruda

as Pablo Murphy

as Governor

as La Signorita

as Claw Paw

as Stub Ear

as Patch Eye

as Uncredited

as Poison Paul
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Critic Reviews for The Crimson Pirate

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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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