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Prince of Pirates (1953)

In a 16th century kingdom in the Netherlands, the newly crowned King Stephan concludes a secret treaty with the Spanish. This puts him at odds with his younger brother, Prince Roland, who ... See full summary »


Sidney Salkow


John O'Dea (screenplay), Samuel Newman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Derek ... Prince Roland
Barbara Rush ... Countess Nita Orde
Carla Balenda ... Princess Maria
Whitfield Connor ... King Stephan
Edgar Barrier ... Count Blanco
Robert Shayne ... Prime Minister Treeg
Harry Lauter ... Jan
Don C. Harvey ... Koepke (as Don Harvey)
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... Greb
Glase Lohman Glase Lohman ... Brenner
Gene Roth ... Captain Brock
Bob Peoples Bob Peoples ... Carl
Sandy Sanders ... Meyers
Joe McGuinn ... General DuBois (as Joseph F. McGuinn)
Al Cantor Al Cantor ... Lund


In a 16th century kingdom in the Netherlands, the newly crowned King Stephan concludes a secret treaty with the Spanish. This puts him at odds with his younger brother, Prince Roland, who favors a treaty with the French. Stephan orders Roland imprisoned but Roland escapes and leads a revolt. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Tyranny drove him to piracy!




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Release Date:

7 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Piraten an Bord See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An abundance of stock Technicolor footage from earlier films, particularly Jeanne D'Arc (1948), is used to advantage, but some scratched black and white clips from a much earlier and unidentifiable film give the game away. See more »


King Stephan: It seems you have been causing you *wife* an unaccountable number of headaches. Hasn't he, darling?
Princess Maria: Your brother seems to think I enjoyed your little treachery.
Prince Roland: The greatest treachery, madam, was fate's interfering hand.
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Features Jeanne D'Arc (1948) See more »

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It's A SwashBuckler???
3 June 2008 | by xerses13See all my reviews

Another film that proves that COLUMBIA PICTURES at that time could take any genre and reduce it to it's lowest common denominator. By skimping on Actors, Budget, Costuming, ScreenPlay, Special Visual Effects and whatever else it takes to make a interesting movie COLUMBIA will succeed in failing! The film features its star of low budget action for the early 1950s' JOHN DEREK (Mr. Bo). It is also polluted with the usual cast of has-beens who have either seen better days or none at all. Like HARRY LAUTER, GENE ROTH and ROBERT SHAYNE. BARBARA RUSH the female lead has no chance of showing off her competent acting ability or physical grace. No doubt wishing she was back at PARAMOUNT.

The NUTS; In the 16th Century France and its allie Haagen are at war with Spain. Count Roland (DEREK) must return to Haagen after death of his Father the King. New King Stephan (WHITFIELD CONNER) and his stooge, Prime Minister Treeg (ROBERT SHAYNE) wish to pull a fast one betraying the French alliance and help Spain rape Europe. Aided by loyal sidekick Jan (HARRY LAUTER) and main squeeze Countess Nita Orde (BARBARA RUSH) Count Roland has just eighty (80) minutes to save the day and win the girl. How will he do it and will he? You bet and in the most tedious fashion allowed on the SILVER SCREEN!

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES (TCM) seems to be the latest depository of these alleged triumphs from COLUMBIA PICTURES. Remember for every FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) during this period there are twenty (20) PRINCE OF PIRATES (1953).

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