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Double Crossbones (1951)





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Double Crossbones is an unusually elaborate comedy vehicle for Donald O'Connor. Set in the Carolinas in the 18th century, the film casts O'Connor as Davy Crandall, a bumbling shopkeeper's apprentice. Davy's boss (Hayden Rourke) is in cahoots with the corrupt colonial governor (John Emery), who in turn deals directly with the pirates who sail in and out of port with impunity. Unfairly accused of piracy, Davy finds refuge on a buccaneer's boat. Through circumstances better seen than described, our hapless hero gains the reputation of being the boldest pirate on the Seven Seas. The stellar supporting cast includes Helena Carter as the heroine, Will Geer as O'Connor's aide-de-camp, and Hope Emerson, Alan Napier and Robert Barrat, cast respectively as notorious pirates Anne Bonney, Capt. Kidd and Henry Morgan. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Donald O'Connor
as Dave Crandall
Helena Carter
as Sylvia Copeland
Will Geer
as Tom Botts
Hope Emerson
as Mistress Ann Bonney
John Emery
as Governor Elden
Stanley Logan
as Lord Montrose
Kathryn Givney
as Lady Montrose
Hayden Rorke
as Malcolm Giles
Morgan Farley
as Caleb Nicholas
Charles McGraw
as Capt. Ben Wickett
Alan Napier
as Capt. Kidd
Robert H. Barrat
as Henry Morgan
Louis Bacigalupi
as Blackbeard
Glenn Strange
as Capt. Ben Avery
Gregg Martell
as Isaac Wells
Jeff Chandler
as Narrator
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The script could have been more imaginative, but in its limited way this is a diverting burlesque on pirate swashbucklers.

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Audience Reviews for Double Crossbones


Similar in feeling to The Court Jester this takes a genre, the pirate film, that is usually played straight and pokes gentle fun at it while throwing in a few songs and dances along the way. Beautiful color and production design.

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