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Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance | 29 June 1953 (Japan)
Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship's surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Alan Le May (screenplay) (as Alan LeMay), DeVallon Scott (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Newton ... Edward Teach / Blackbeard
Linda Darnell ... Edwina Mansfield
William Bendix ... Ben Worley
Keith Andes ... Robert Maynard
Torin Thatcher ... Sir Henry Morgan
Irene Ryan ... Alvina - Lady in Waiting
Alan Mowbray ... Noll
Richard Egan ... Briggs
Skelton Knaggs ... Gilly
Dick Wessel ... Dutchman
Anthony Caruso ... Pierre La Garde
Jack Lambert ... Tom Whetstone
Noel Drayton ... Jeremy
Pat Flaherty ... Job Maggot
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Storyline

In 1674, "reformed" pirate Sir Henry Morgan is a high official in Jamaica, but Edward Maynard hopes to win a large reward by proving Morgan still dabbles in piracy. Maynard goes undercover as ship's surgeon with a Morgan henchman...who's been supplanted by notorious Blackbeard himself. Also on the ship is Edwina Mansfield, seemingly a damsel in distress, to whom there's much more than meets the eye. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

They took what they wanted...and they wanted the world! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1953 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackbeard the Pirate See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,250,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: This photoplay is based on certain actual and outstanding events in the lives of its principal characters, but the other events and the other characters, except those representing persons whose true names are used, are fictional. See more »

Goofs

Although Henry Morgan is depicted as Blaclbeard's chief antagonist, Morgan retired on 1683 and died in 1688, when Blackbeard (born circa 1680) was only eight years old. Blackbeard did not arrive in the Indies until the closing years of the 17th Century, well after Morgan's death. See more »

Quotes

Blackbeard: [gesturing with his cutlass at Edwina's neck] Morgan! You take this ship, and you take her head with it!
Sir Henry Morgan: Call off your men, and cast adrift.
Morgan's First Mate: But we're winning, sir! We have them at our mercy, and the ship is ours.
Sir Henry Morgan: You heard my orders! Cast off, I say!
Morgan's First Mate: Aye aye, sir!
[to the crew]
Morgan's First Mate: Cut loose those grapnels! Cast off, solid!
Blackbeard: Heh, heh, I knew it...
[Blackbeard's crew cheers and waves their swords at Morgan and his crew]
Blackbeard: We'll call this one a draw, Morgan!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: During the 17th Century the Spanish Main was over-run with pirates, foremost of whom was Edward Teach, the evil and immortal Blackbeard. Sir Henry Morgan, who was then in the service of the king, had been sent to clear the seas of the very pirates he once had led. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Miller of the Dee
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Performed by Robert Newton
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Commentary For Linda Darnell Fans
25 March 2006 | by timothymcclenaghanSee all my reviews

Enough has been said by other reviewers about Robert Newton's performance, so I want to make some comments about Linda Darnell's appearance in this film. Although she was given second billing, her part is rather small in the overall script. There wasn't much great dramatic effort required to do her part.

I'm guessing her star power had something to do with her being cast in this film. The incidental love story involving her character could have been eliminated from the film without the film being affected. I guess it was needed to give the film a "happy ending".

Since most of her work was filmed in black and white, it's nice to have another opportunity to see her photographed in Technicolor.


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