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Prince of Pirates (1953)

In a 16th century kingdom in the Netherlands, the newly crowned King Stephan concludes a secret treaty with the Spanish. This puts him at odds with his younger brother, Prince Roland, who ... See full summary »

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Sidney Salkow

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John O'Dea (screenplay), Samuel Newman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Derek ... Prince Roland
Barbara Rush ... Countess Nita Orde
Carla Balenda ... Princess Maria
Whitfield Connor ... King Stephan
Edgar Barrier ... Count Blanco
Robert Shayne ... Prime Minister Treeg
Harry Lauter ... Jan
Don C. Harvey ... Koepke (as Don Harvey)
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... Greb
Glase Lohman Glase Lohman ... Brenner
Gene Roth ... Captain Brock
Bob Peoples Bob Peoples ... Carl
Sandy Sanders ... Meyers
Joe McGuinn ... General DuBois (as Joseph F. McGuinn)
Al Cantor Al Cantor ... Lund
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In a 16th century kingdom in the Netherlands, the newly crowned King Stephan concludes a secret treaty with the Spanish. This puts him at odds with his younger brother, Prince Roland, who favors a treaty with the French. Stephan orders Roland imprisoned but Roland escapes and leads a revolt. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Tyranny drove him to piracy!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Piraten an Bord See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Don C. Harvey, playing one of John Derek's loyal men, is shown, stripped to the waist, being flogged across his bare back inside a dungeon. Just three years earlier in "Chain Gang," Harvey plays a prison-camp guard who callously watches as a stripped-to-the-waist prisoner is flogged across HIS bare back. See more »

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Prince Roland: Why didn't you take her home?
Jan: Why aren't all tigers behind bars?
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Minor, unpretentious swashbuckler
27 December 2002 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

Despite the title, this isn't really a pirate movie, though there are a few sequences set at sea in 16th-century sailing ships. Instead, most of the action takes place in a small kingdom in the Netherlands where the evil king is trying to squash a revolt led by his virtuous younger brother. The budget isn't big enough to give this story the "sweep" which it needs and both its direction and screenplay lack "flair," but the results still have a likable quality and the running time comes in at a brisk 80 minutes.

The usually-reliable Barbara Rush seems lost in this production but Carla Balenda, as a haughty Spanish princess, manages to make a modest impression. Every time she looks at John Derek she seems to be mentally stripping him down to the 16-century equivalent of a jockstrap. As for Derek, he looks appropriately dashing but despite his status as little more than a hunk of beefcake, he keeps all his clothes on throughout the movie.

Don C. Harvey gets to do a bare-chest scene when he's whipped in the king's dungeon, but the lashes are applied rather lackadaisically and there's no attempt to augment their sound. This flogging ranks 93rd in the book, "Lash! The Hundred Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies." Not sure this is a goof, but following his "escape" from that dungeon, Harvey's shown lying on his back in bed, recuperating. On his back? But wouldn't his back be torn to ribbons by that whipping?


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