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Against All Flags (1952)

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Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Æneas MacKenzie (screenplay) (as Aeneas MacKenzie), Joseph Hoffman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Brian Hawke
Maureen O'Hara ... Prudence 'Spitfire' Stevens
Anthony Quinn ... Capt. Roc Brasiliano
Alice Kelley Alice Kelley ... Princess Patma
Mildred Natwick ... Molvina MacGregor
Robert Warwick ... Capt. Kidd
Harry Cording ... Gow
John Alderson John Alderson ... Jonathan Harris
Phil Tully Phil Tully ... Jones
Lester Matthews ... Sir Cloudsley
Tudor Owen ... Williams
Maurice Marsac ... Capt. Moisson
James Craven James Craven ... Capt. Hornsby
James Fairfax James Fairfax ... Krukshank - Barber
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Storyline

In 1700, the pirates of Madagascar menace the India trade; British officer Brian Hawke has himself cashiered, flogged, and set adrift to infiltrate the pirate "republic." There, Hawke meets lovely Spitfire Stevens, a pirate captain in her own right, and the sparks begin to fly; but wooing a pirate poses unique problems. Especially after he rescues adoring young Princess Patma from a captured ship. Meanwhile, Hawke's secret mission proceeds to an action-packed climax. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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ruby | gold coin | sapphire | pirate | ship | See All (75) »

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Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1953 (Croatia) See more »

Also Known As:

Gegen alle Flaggen See more »

Filming Locations:

Palos Verdes, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,600,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although George Sherman is the credited director, most of the direction was done by Douglas Sirk. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie the pirate ships are shown as major warships, including two-deck ships-of-the-line; though most pirate ships were smaller vessels; usually converted from merchant ships. While pirates often increased their strength by capturing better ships; none ever had ships as powerful as many of those shown in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Prudence 'Spitfire' Stevens: You'rea regular rooster, aren't you?
Brian Hawke: And why not, Madam? You seem to be a high-spirited chick yourself.
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Connections

Referenced in Leave It to Beaver: Brother vs. Brother (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Haul on the Bowline
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Traditional sea shanty
Performed by Errol Flynn
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Silly, Rollicking Fun
9 September 2001 | by stills-6See all my reviews

A featherweight plot and dubious characterizations don't make any difference when a movie is as fun to watch as this one is. Lively action and spectacular stunts - for their day - give this movie some real zip. And there's some actual comedy from the ripping chemistry between the two leads. Quinn makes a good villain also, although his role is completely overshadowed.

But don't be fooled by Maureen O'Hara's tough broad role, this is as sexist as any Hollywood movie of this era. You might be able to forgive that because of the time in which it was made, but it's still hard to get past. For all the heroism and gruesomely adult off-screen situations, this is still little more than an adolescent good time.


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