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Blackbeard the Pirate

  • Action
  • Romance
  • 1952
  • Raoul Walsh
  • 98 mins
  • PG

Summary

Swashbuckling adventure starring Robert Newton and Linda Darnell. As the 17th-century Spanish Main trembles under the sway of the dreaded buccaneer, Blackbeard, Sir Henry Morgan's task is to rid the seas of the pirate's menace. But his niece also happens to be in the villain's clutches.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

At one time, RKO producer Val Lewton had planned this swashbuckler as a vehicle for Boris Karloff and, in view of the outlandish performance by Robert Newton, one can only lament the fact that he didn't take the starring role. Fresh from playing Long John Silver for Disney, Newton throws in every cliché ever used by a pantomime pirate, and occasionally comes close to making this vigorous adventure unwatchable. Fortunately, director Raoul Walsh's sure handling of the action sequences (Lewton had died the previous year), Torin Thatcher's wonderfully wicked Henry Morgan, Linda Darnell's feisty heroine and William Bendix's burly good humour keep the whole thing afloat.

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Credits

Cast

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BlackbeardRobert Newton
EdwinaLinda Darnell
WorleyWilliam Bendix
MaynardKeith Andes
Sir Henry MorganTorin Thatcher
AlvinaIrene Ryan
NollAlan Mowbray
BriggsRichard Egan

Crew

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DirectorRaoul Walsh

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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