Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952): Raoul Walsh’s Technicolor Adventure, Starring Robert Newton and Linda Darnell

Raoul Walsh directed Blackbeard, the Pirate, a Technicolor adventure, starring Robert Newton, Linda Darnell and William Bendix.

Made by RKO, the film was produced by Edmund Grainger from a screenplay by Alan Le May based on the story by DeVallon Scott.

The story 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 poses as a surgeon on board the ship of pirate Charles Bellamy, who he believes is in league with Morgan. Once Maynard and Briggs come on board, they discover that the pirate Blackbeard (Robert Newton) has murdered Bellamy and taken over as captain.

The romantic interest is Edwina Mansfield (Linda Darnell), a pirate’s daughter, who was going to marry Bellamy.

Robert Newton had just enjoyed success playing Long John Silver in the 1950 remake of “Treasure Island.”

A Chroistmans release, the movie was moderately successful at the box-office.


Robert Newton as Captain Edward Teach
Linda Darnell as Edwina Mansfield
William Bendix as Ben Worley
Keith Andes as Robert Maynard
Torin Thatcher as Sir Henry Morgan
Irene Ryan as Alvina, a lady in waiting
Alan Mowbray as Noll
Richard Egan as Briggs
Skelton Knaggs as Gilly
Dick Wessel as Dutchman
Anthony Caruso as Pierre La Garde
Jack Lambert as Tom Whetstone
Noel Drayton as Jeremy
Pat Flaherty as Job Maggot


Directed by Raoul Walsh
Produced by Edmund Grainger
Written by DeVallon Scott
Screenplay by Alan Le May
Music by Victor Young
Cinematography: William E. Snyder
Edited by Ralph Dawson
Distributed by RKO
Release date: December, 25 1952
Running time: 99 minutes


TCM showed the movie on June 8, 2020.