The Crimson Pirate (1952)
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as Capt. Vallo
as Humble Bellows
as Baron Jose Gruda
as Pablo Murphy
as El Libre
as La Signorita
as Claw Paw
as Stub Ear
as Patch Eye
Critic Reviews for The Crimson Pirate
Light-hearted pirate spoof, with brilliant color and unusual science fiction elements.
Schlocky but fun.
...it works both as a movie parody and as a rollicking good adventure at the same time.
Terrific self-spoofing swashbuckler. Hard to beat
Audience Reviews for The Crimson Pirate
The Crimson Pirate (1952) This is my favorite Burt Lancaster movie and one of the best pirate movies you'll ever see. This is definitely what the series the Pirates of the Caribbean was going for, adding comedy and amazing stunts to the standard pirate story. This also has a foreign flavor being filmed mostly with British actors (is that a young Christopher Lee?) in the Bay of Naples, Italy. Ironically the Brits are the foils of this movie. Captain Vallo (Lancaster) is the Crimson Pirate, and with the help of his trusty mute side-kick, Ojo (Nick Cravat) and his men, are taking on what ships may come. They've just taken over a British ship of the line and are thinking of selling the guns to some Caribbean revolutionaries and then turning them in to Baron José Gruda (Leslie Bradley) for the reward, doubling their profit. Antagonistic seaman, Humble Bellows (Torin Thatcher) is disagreeable to the Captains plans and has his eyes set as the next Captain apparent. When Vallo meets beautiful Consuelo (Eva Bartok), the daughter of the revolutionary leader, all bets are off.
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.
Big, splashy entertainment but it goes on too long.
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