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The Buccaneer (1938)

Semi-fictional account of pirate Jean Lafitte's involvement in the War of 1812.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Edwin Justus Mayer (screenplay), Harold Lamb (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fredric March ... Jean Lafitte
Franciska Gaal ... Gretchen
Akim Tamiroff ... Dominique You
Margot Grahame ... Annette de Remy
Walter Brennan ... Ezra Peavey
Ian Keith ... Senator Crawford
Anthony Quinn ... Beluche
Douglass Dumbrille ... Governor William C.C. Claiborne
Beulah Bondi ... Aunt Charlotte
Robert Barrat ... Captain Brown
Fred Kohler ... Gramby (as Fred Hohler Sr.)
Hugh Sothern ... General Andrew Jackson
John Rogers John Rogers ... Mouse
Hans Steinke Hans Steinke ... Tarsus
Stanley Andrews ... Collector of the Port
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Storyline

In the War of 1812, the British have sacked Washington and hope to capture New Orleans, where pirate Jean Lafitte romances blueblooded Annette de Remy and openly sells his loot in a pirates' market. But he never attacks American ships. Can the British bribe Lafitte to help them? Can Lafitte persuade American authorities of his loyalty? Will a love triangle between Annette and pretty Dutch girl Gretchen (survivor of a pirates' prize) bring about Lafitte's undoing? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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To the world he was a ruthless adventurer!.. To her the most romantic man that ever lived! Yet she unwittingly destroyed the hero she loved! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

4 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les flibustiers See more »

Filming Locations:

Baldwin Oaks, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The cast and crew totaled more than 10,000 people. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Day of the Locust (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by the pirates
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Classic.
8 December 2007 | by ungrcancSee all my reviews

This a classic swashbuckling film....seemingly a film very typical for Cecil B. De Mille. Fredric March is superb in his role as Jean Lafite....also interesting to see Anthony Quinn as early as 1938. Do enjoy this piece of cinematic artwork. One must also remember that historically Andrew " Old Hickory " Jackson was eventually a U. S. President. Personally...I feel that March, Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster (The Crimson Pirate) are the actors that best typified " Pirates " in classic Hollywood. Although today credit must be given to Johnny Depp in both of the Pirates of the Caribbean pictures which I thoroughly enjoyed and which of course reminded me of the above-mentioned actors and their films


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