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Crimson Pirate, The (1952) 
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Arr! An old time pirate movie, eh matey? Shiver me timbers!
These are the kinds of sentiments that come to pass over you
when you watch a classic escape movie like The Crimson Pirate
that was made back yonder in 1952 when Hollywood still knew
how to make great escapist flicks.


In The Crimson Pirate, the infamous pirate Captain Vallo
(Burt Lancaster) aka The Crimson Pirate utters the diabolical lines,
"Remember: in a pirate ship, in pirate waters, in a pirate
world...ask no questions. Believe only what you see. No! Believe
half of what you see!"

The Crimson Pirate is a fast paced piratical adventure flick.
According to the well known movie critic Leonard Maltin in his "TV
Movies & Video Guide," this movie is "one of the great genre classics
of all time." That is high praise indeed from a reviewer who is not
given to puffery about movies.

Burt Lancaster is great in the starring role as The Crimson Pirate.
He is rowdy and acrobatic at the same time. Lancaster's performance
helps make this movie a classic for sheer escapist entertainment.
This movie is loads of fun for old and young alike.

This is a movie that has characters with such interesting names as
Claw-Paw, Patch-Eye, Peg Leg, Poison Paul & Stub Ear. They are part
of Captain Vallo's feisty, even mutinous at times scurvy crew. These
are a band of talented cutthroats. Most significant of these is the acrobatic
Ojo (Nick Cravat) who is also a certifiable scene-stealer. The chemistry in
this movie between Lancaster and Cravat is nothing short of excellent.

Although he is largely forgotten today, Nick Cravat was a pretty busy
actor, especially during the 1950's. He appeared in such classic movies as
King Richard and the Crusaders (1954), Run Silent, Run Deep (1958),
Ulzana's Raid (1972) and The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977). He was
also in such TV shows as The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu, Johnny
Staccato and The Twilight Zone. Cravat was in the circus with Burt
Lancaster and it is no coincidence that Cravat was in many of
Lancaster's movies.

The story of The Crimson Pirate is both outstanding and great fun.
The pirates are fighting for freedom against the oppressive Spanish
tyranny. This is an excellent fun flick that literally romps into the romantic
age known as the Eighteenth Century. This movie is shot in fantastic Technicolor
and as such it is wonderful entertainment for the entire family.


Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:33 pm
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I've always had a curiosity for these old school Hollywood swashbucklers, but those hundreds of obscure chopsockey movies aren't going to watch themselves. Maybe when I finish my Japanese countdown, I'll do something regarding Western swashbucklers/pepla/mini-epics.

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The irony being that Lancaster in The Crimson Pirate (1952) was intended to be a nostalgia piece for the swashbucklers of the late silent era (Douglas Fairbanks) and the early days of Tyrone Power and Errol Flynn in the mid-30s to early 40s. Fast forward and now Lancaster's work is lumped in with the work of those other famous swashbucklers.

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