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Monday, February 29, 2016

Buccaneer's Girl (1950)

A young woman (Yvonne De Carlo) from Boston stowaways on a ship in the hope that it will take her to New Orleans where she hopes to find her fortune. But when the ship is overtaken by a notorious pirate (Philip Friend), it isn't long before she discovers a secret he doesn't want known. This amiable pirate programmer was just one of many swashbucklers that Universal studios churned out in the early to mid 1950s. It's actually quite enjoyable and looks sumptuous in the gorgeous three strip Technicolor lensing by the great Russell Metty (WRITTEN ON THE WIND). It's a mindless entertainment but with such a sincerity in its simplicity that that picking on it seems almost rude. Still, it wouldn't have hurt to have cast an actor with a little more panache than the generic Philip Friend. No one takes it seriously least of all its cast who all seem to be having a good time, so why should we? Directed by Frederick De Cordova. With Elsa Lanchester, Robert Douglas, Norman Lloyd, Andrea King, Jay C. Flippen, Connie Gilchrist and Peggie Castle.

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