Blackbeard the Pirate

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Blackbeard the Pirate
Bluebeard Pirate.jpg
DVD Cover for French film version
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Produced by Edmund Grainger
Written by DeVallon Scott
Screenplay by Alan Le May
Starring Robert Newton
Linda Darnell
William Bendix
Keith Andes
Torin Thatcher
Music by Victor Young
Cinematography William E. Snyder
Edited by Ralph Dawson
Distributed by RKO
Release dates
  • 24 December 1952 (1952-12-24) (Premiere-Los Angeles)[1]
  • 25 December 1952 (1952-12-25) (US)[1]
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.25 million (US)[2]

Blackbeard the Pirate is a 1952 Technicolor adventure film made by RKO. The film was directed by Raoul Walsh and produced by Edmund Grainger from a screenplay by Alan Le May based on the story by DeVallon Scott.


Robert Newton and Linda Darnell in Blackbeard the Pirate

The film follows British Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard (Keith Andes), who sets out to earn a reward by proving that privateer Henry Morgan (Torin Thatcher) also engages in piracy. Maynard, however, winds up posing as a surgeon on a ship captained by Blackbeard (Robert Newton), who is in the middle of a conflict with Morgan. Blackbeard must deal with Morgan, Maynard, and even his own greedy crew.



The story was originally written by de Vallon Scott. It was on the schedule at RKO for 16 months before being taken over by producer Edmund Grainger for his independent unit. It was mentioned as a possible vehicle for Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue, Victor Mature and Jack Buetel. It was going to be filmed under the title Buccaneer's Girl by director Robert Stevenson.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Blackbeard the Pirate: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  2. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, 13 January 1954
  3. ^ Brady, Thomas F. "Ballerina will do role for Goldwyn". The New York Times, 14 November 1950, p. 38

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