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Blackbeard the Pirate


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  • Actors: Robert Newton
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh
  • Writers: Alan Le May
  • Producers: RKO
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Desert Island Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005G52HFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship's surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

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Excellent casting, charaterizations and script.
Lane Tickanen
Newton made 3 great pirate movies...the other 2 being Treasure Island and Return to Treasure Island.
Frank "the man"
Robert Newton is THE only Blackbeard The Pirate!
THE TRUTH

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lane Tickanen on February 17, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This film is classic Saturday matinee pirate fare from 1952. The tongue-in-cheek coupling of 18th century lingo with 1950's hip slang is clever. Critics who bashed this film missed the point--it's simply to be enjoyed. It's a semi-farce,and should be viewed as such.
Excellent casting, charaterizations and script. Good seafaring musical score and great special effects considering the technology that was available at the time the film was produced. And Robert Newton, despite criticisms, is clearly the best pirate to ever grace the silver screen. Good perfomances by Linda Darnell, Keith Andes, William Bendix, and Irene Ryan (granny Hillbilly). Better than average in every way. But what less than a cool flick like this could you expect from RKO in the postwar era? ARRRRH!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 6, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I have this movie recorded on tape, but I just now stumbled on the DVD on Amazon. This movie nearly outranks Treasure Island which is also one of my favorites. Robert Newton, fresh from his role of Long John Silver in Treasure Island, does a surperb job in the role of Blackbeard, the most feared of all pirates. William Bendix adds comic relief as Blackbeard's First Mate Mordey. Linda Darnell does really good in her role as Edwina Mansfield, and I forgot who did the role of Robert Maynard, but he does a good job in the role, and last, but not least, whoever does the role of Sir Henry Morgan, does a excellent job of it. I saw this movie on DVD, and I may purchase it off Amazon. If you didn't see this movie, you don't know what you're missing. I recemend this movie to everyone who loves pirate movies. Glad it's on DVD. Thanks Amazon.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Frank "the man" on July 6, 2009
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No one makes a better pirate than Robert Newton; not even Errol Flynn or Johnny Depp. Newton made 3 great pirate movies...the other 2 being Treasure Island and Return to Treasure Island. All three were filmed in the early 50s before Newton died of a heart attack, presumably from over-boozing. I had an old VHS copy taped in EP and it was a dreadful print with lousy sound. This DVD edition is absolutely excellent. Vivid colours, clear, just a marvel to watch and the sound is clear. As for skullduggery, swindling, rum drinking, and plain thievery, this has it all, including the famous lines: "Belay that" "Here be the treasure", "Har, matey", :"You white livered scum" as only Newton can deliver. An absolute treat and a visual feast to watch. Co-stars William Bendix, equally disreputable as Blackbeard, and the gorgeous Linda Darnell - one of the most beautiful actresses ever. The story line is not even close to historical correctness but who cares. So hoist the topsail and avast your jib..for 100 minutes and enjoy the golden age of Pirate movies.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By VD Santangelo on March 26, 2009
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ROBERT NEWTON AT HIS MOST WICKED. HIS BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE IS ONE OF HIS BEST PERFORMANCES. THE ACTION MOVES THE STORY. THE OTHER PLAYERS,SPECIALLY LINDA DARNELL ARE JUST PERFECT. SHE WAS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED ACTRESSES OF HER TIME. SHE WAS CAPABLE OF DOING A GREAT ACTING JOB IN ANY ROLE AND SHE PROVES IT AGAIN HERE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO RETURN TO PURE ENTERTAINMENT.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By THE TRUTH on November 21, 2009
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Robert Newton is THE only Blackbeard The Pirate!
Linda Darnell is simply Babe-a-licious.
It was fun to see Granny(Irene Ryan) getting stewed,I was waiting for Uncle Jed to take the bottle of rum away from her!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Edward F. Flaherty on June 16, 2009
Format: DVD
Comedy: Blackbeard is challenged by his mate, William Bendix, daring Blackbeard to go below decks and face his two loaded pistols. Blackbeard, not wishing to get shot, ponders a moment and then announces loudly that he is coming down to settle matters. He then grabs an unsuspecting crewman and throws him bodily down the stairs. Bendix fires two shots and then must face the music. (You had to be there.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 5, 2012
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The Golden Age of Piracy spanned the late 1500s and 1600s because other countries found it more profitable to plunder the treasure-laden Spanish Galleons headed for Spain than to trade with the newly discovered New World. The pirate ships would hide behind the many small and often uninhabited islands in the Caribbean waiting for a galleon, which in these movies always seemed to arrive on schedule.

This movie is Hollywood's best homage and tribute to that storied age. Robert Newton did three pirate movies: Blackbeard, Treasure Island, and Return to Treasure Island, and his iconic performance as the evil Blackbeard could be said to have spawned a whole generation of fascination with pirates and buccaneers. You can hear Newton's famous pirate accent over 60 years later at every pirate festival and no doubt the movie influenced the recent Pirates of the Caribbean series with Johnny Depp. I had several friends who were into the pirate thing and they would talk back and forth with this accent. Now I know where it came from, having just seen the movie. Newton is the scene stealer and he does as much with his eyes and facial expressions as he does with the accent.

The movie has other charms besides Newton, of course. Keith Andes, always a competent second in many movies during his long career, is great as the undercover ship's doctor, as well as William Bendix also as Blackbeard's second in command. Previously I knew Bendix more from his roles playing gangsters and his lead in the Babe Ruth story.

No pirate movie would be complete without a pirate's chest full of jewels and gold, heart-pounding broadsides, and some good old- fashioned swashbuckling, which this movie has in spades.
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