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Directed by Robert Siodmak

United States 1952 105 mins. In English

The most successful of Lancaster’s many action-packed swashbucklers made for his Hecht-Hill-Lancaster production company, THE CRIMSON PIRATE features Lancaster as Captain Vallo, leader of a ship of pirates intent on disrupting the plans of the British navy, who are sailing through the Caribbean to quash a rebellion on the island of Cobra. Aided by his first mate Ojo (Lancaster’s boyhood friend and circus partner Nick Cravat), Vallo meets with the rebels and promises to help them, but the rebels, wary of outsiders, do not trust him. As Vallo, Ojo, and the rest of the pirates work to prove themselves trustworthy, Vallo’s lust for money threatens to undermine their efforts. “Any viewer with a drop of red blood in his veins and with fond memories of the Douglas Fairbanks Sr. school of derring-do should be happy to go on this last cruise of the crimson pirate.”—The New York Times.

Genres: Adventure, Comedy

Appears in: Forever Burt



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