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      Blackbeard, the Pirate

      Released Dec 25, 1952 1h 39m Adventure List
      Reviews 40% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Robert Maynard (Keith Andes) is out to prove that privateer Sir Henry Morgan (Torin Thatcher) is a pirate, and goes undercover on another pirate ship in hopes of getting details of Morgan's crimes. But the ship he chooses is captained by the ruthless Blackbeard (Robert Newton), who killed the previous captain and took his bride-to-be, Edwina (Linda Darnell), hostage. Now Maynard must fight to free himself and Edwina from both Blackbeard and Morgan, who also wants Edwina for his own. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Roger Moore Movie Nation Every damned word out of Newton's mouth here is sadistically funny. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 18, 2023 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television World's sleaziest pirates don't do much of interest. Jul 17, 2009 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A disappointingly sluggish swashbuckler from action director Raoul Walsh. Rated: C+ Jan 9, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Russ G Robert Newsom pirate talks and the lovely but ill-fated Linda Darnell channels Jane Russell of "The Outlaw" in her low cut gowns, though with a somewhat less visible cleavage. William Bendix is living the Life of Riley as Blackbeard's second in command. All in all a decent sea-going yarn from Hollywood's Golden Age. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Another colorful, extravagant, and spicy RKO adventure film that pushed the limits of the Hays Code! This movie came from that era when Howard Hughes practically owned RKO studios. So even though he may not have directed or produced this film, his influence is still very present; most obviously in Linda Darnell's costumes. Robert Newton, the only actor Hollywood saw fit to play a pirate, once again gives a convincing performance as Blackbeard. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review s r Gotta see it if you love the story of Blackbeard! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review deke p Robert Newton was the perfect pirate: 'Arrrrrgh'. Perhaps the earliest movie i remember ever going to, at the Avenue in Inglewood. Shd see it again, on youtube. . Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The only reason to see this is the stunning Linda Darnell in what can only be described as a movie made from leftover costumes, scenes, and dialogue. First the dialogue is laughably bad as is Robert Newton's dialect. The plot is your basic pirate fare; pirate captures pretty girl, the main pursuer falls in love with girl, and is the pirate really bad. It is a paint by numbers movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member good bio-pic of sorts Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Robert Maynard (Keith Andes) is out to prove that privateer Sir Henry Morgan (Torin Thatcher) is a pirate, and goes undercover on another pirate ship in hopes of getting details of Morgan's crimes. But the ship he chooses is captained by the ruthless Blackbeard (Robert Newton), who killed the previous captain and took his bride-to-be, Edwina (Linda Darnell), hostage. Now Maynard must fight to free himself and Edwina from both Blackbeard and Morgan, who also wants Edwina for his own.
      Director
      Raoul Walsh
      Producer
      Edmund Grainger
      Screenwriter
      Alan Le May
      Distributor
      RKO Radio Pictures
      Production Co
      RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 25, 1952, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 39m
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