The Crimson Pirate (1952)
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Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravatt follow The Flame and the Arrow up with The Crimson Pirate, a fun adventure romp at the top of which Lancaster tells us to believe only half of what we see. And he's right. Half of this swashbuckling movie is really a Looney-Tunes cartoon, where people take the full brunt of broadsides cannon balls and walk away with black smudges on their faces, and yet a few minutes later a single shot outright kills over a dozen men. It's a precarious balance, but if Lancaster and Cravatt have proven anything, it's that they're very good acrobats. That tightrope is nothing to them. Lancaster plays the eponymous pirate, a rather progressive fellow whose ploys may be a little too clever for his men (who lose faith because they can't play the long game), and who embraces what I can only call steampunk technology, at the behest of a scientist friend. In other words, this is a pirate movie that has a lot of fun and provides sequences you won't have seen a half dozen times. Not to say it doesn't lean into the usual tropes. As ever, we're told the pirate has nefarious C.V., but when he falls in love with a woman, he's gonna turn into Empire-Strikes-Back Han Solo. Shame about Eva Bartok's robotic performance then.
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