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The Buccaneer

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1938
  • Cecil B DeMille
  • 125 mins
  • U

Summary

Swashbuckling adventure starring Fredric March. New Orleans is the setting for the struggle between the recently United States and the British in 1814. The notorious pirate Jean Lafitte is faced with a choice - to accept the generous offer made by the invaders, or come to the aid of General Andrew Jackson with the precious firepower at his command.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Cecil B DeMille's lavish juggernaut of a swashbuckler is set during the British-American war of 1812-15, but rather lacks the lightness and humour the genre needs. Fredric March plays the pirate Jean Lafitte, who sides with President Andrew Jackson and runs the British out of New Orleans. The leading lady whom March saves from drowning is Franciska Gaal, a Hungarian discovery of DeMille's who subsequently went home and vanished without trace. Anthony Quinn, DeMille's son-in-law at the time, plays one of March's henchman. In 1958 Quinn remade the film, his sole directorial effort.

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Credits

Cast

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Jean LafitteFredric March
GretchenFranciska Gaal
Dominique YouAkim Tamiroff
AnnetteMargot Grahame
Ezra PeaveyWalter Brennan
CrawfordIan Keith
Dolly MadisonSpring Byington
Governor ClaiborneDouglass Dumbrille
Captain BrownRobert Barrat
Andrew JacksonHugh Sothern
Aunt CharlotteBeulah Bondi
BelucheAnthony Quinn

Crew

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DirectorCecil B DeMille

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Languages
English | French | Spanish
Guidance
Formats
Black and white
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