The Crimson Pirate

The Crimson Pirate

Burt Lancaster
Director: Robert Siodmak Cast: Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
, Eva Bartok
Eva Bartok
, Nick Cravat
Nick Cravat
Robert Siodmak


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Half affectionate parody and half enthusiastic tribute to the swashbuckling pirate epics of the 1930's and 40's, The Crimson Pirate stars Burt Lancaster as Captain Vallo, the smiling leader of a pack of unscrupulous pirates. While on the high seas, Vallo and his men spy a well-stocked merchant ship, and waste no time in relieving it of its contents. One of the passengers on the cargo vessel, Baron Gruda (Leslie E. Bradley), informs Vallo that a political revolt is shaking a island nation in the Caribbean to its foundations. The pirates set their course to the island, hoping to sell the arms they've just stolen to rebel leader Sebastian (Frederick Leister), while planning to later double their profit by turning him in to the Government leaders who are offering a reward for his capture. Vallo's plans change when he meets Sebastian's daughter Consuelo (Eva Bartok) and falls in love, while she teaches the pirate the wisdom of her father's philosophies. Vallo and his faithful sidekick Ojo (Nick Cravat) soon join Sebastian's men, and fight with them in a valiant struggle for freedom. Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat were once partners in their early days as circus acrobats, and they got to put their skills to good use in this picture; keep an eye peeled for an early performance by future horror movie great Christopher Lee.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2018
UPC: 0888574626211
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 18,859

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Capt. Vallo, The Crimson Pirate
Eva Bartok Consuelo
Nick Cravat Ojo
Torin Thatcher Humble Bellows
James Hayter Prof. Prudence
Leslie E. Bradley Baron Jose Gruda
Margot Grahame Bianca
Noel Purcell Pablo Murphy
Frederick Leister Sebastian
Eliot Makeham Governor
Frank Pettingell Colonel
Christopher Lee Joseph, Attache
Dana Wynter La Signorita
Ewan Roberts Claw Paw
John Chandos Stub Ear
Derek Tansley Patch Eye
Charles Farrell Poison Paul
Harry Lane Uncredited

Technical Credits
Robert Siodmak Director
William Alwyn Score Composer
Norman Deming Associate Producer
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Harris Editor
Harold Hecht Producer
Otto Heller Cinematographer
Roland Kibbee Screenwriter
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Sforzini Makeup
Paul Sheriff Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Crimson Pirate
1. Credits [2:00]
2. Piracy Afoot [4:23]
3. Compliments to the Captain [2:48]
4. The Baron's Offer [3:48]
5. Anchored Off Cobra [4:20]
6. Catch Them If You Can [8:00]
7. Fishy Rescue [3:46]
8. Obliging Broadside [6:51]
9. Dinner Invitation [3:53]
10. Too Funny For Words [4:22]
11. Hasty Exit [5:09]
12. Ojo's Assessment [2:08]
13. Counterplots [5:12]
14. Not To Be Trusted [4:11]
15. Cast Adrift [5:13]
16. The Undersea Boat [2:43]
17. The Baron's Net [2:45]
18. Catching a Boat [4:55]
19. Iron Rule [3:30]
20. Getting Inventive [5:47]
21. Ceremonial Surprises [3:36]
22. Wrath of Heaven [4:15]
23. Dying a Pirate [3:33]
24. All Aboard! [3:41]
25. The Baron's Fall [2:05]
26. Hooked [1:17]

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