Swashbucking sea fables get a good-natured spoofing in The Crimson Pirate, with Burt Lancaster providing the muscles and dash for the takeoff.
The screen story is cloaked with a sense of humor as it pictures Lancaster, the famed Crimson Pirate, plying his trade on the high seas. Opening finds the pirates capturing a 30-gun galleon by trickery and then scheming to sell its cargo of cannon to rebels trying to shake off the shackles of the King of Spain. The buccaneers also plan to then reveal the rebel group’s whereabouts to the crown for more gold, but there are a girl and such complications as an awakening to right and wrong.
Lancaster and his deaf-mute pal (Nick Cravat) sock the acrobatics required of hero and partner to a fare-thee-well under Robert Siodmak’s direction.