The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer

Director: Cecil B. DeMille Cast: Fredric March, Franziska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff

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Cecil B. DeMille's The Buccaneer stars Fredric March, complete with curly hair, pencil moustache and florid "Sacre Bleu!" French accent, as 18th century pirate Jean Lafitte. Operating out of a "buccaneer's haven" of the coast of New Orleans, Lafitte plunders all passing ships for their wealth, but refuses to attack any vessel flying the American flag. During one seafaring skirmish, he rescues Dutch maiden Gretchen (Franziska Gaal) from a sunken ship. Gretchen falls madly in love with the dashing Lafitte, but he has eyes only for aristocratic Louisana belle Annette (Margot Grahame). During the War of 1812, Lafitte is offered a pardon by Andrew Jackson (Hugh Sothern) if he and his pirates will fight on the American side. As good as his word, Lafitte stands shoulder to shoulder with Jackson as they ward off the British at the Battle of New Orleans. During a Victory Ball in his honor, Lafitte is confronted with evidence that he unknowingly caused the death of Annette's younger sister Marie (Louise Campbell) during a previous act of piracy. The assembled guests are all for hanging Lafitte on the spot, but General Jackson offers the pirate an hour's head start out of New Orleans, provided he never set foot on American soil again. This naturally costs Lafitte the love of Annette; fortunately, Gretchen is awaiting him on board his ship with open arms. From the opening scene in which Dolly Madison (Spring Byington) rescues the Declaration of Independence during the burning of Washington to the closing clinch between Lafitte and Gretchen, The Buccaneer is one of DeMille's most exhilarating films. It was remade less successfully in 1958 under the direction of Cecil B's son-in-law Anthony Quinn, who played the supporting role of Beluche in the original film.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2012
UPC: 0887090035804
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 2:06:00
Sales rank: 23,587

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fredric March Jean Lafitte
Franziska Gaal Gretchen
Akim Tamiroff Dominique You
Margot Grahame Annette de Remy
Walter Brennan Ezra Peavey
Ian Keith Sen. Crawford
Spring Byington Dolly Madison
Douglas Dumbrille Governor Claiborne
Robert H. Barrat Capt. Brown
Hugh Sothern Andrew Jackson
Beulah Bondi Aunt Charlotte
Anthony Quinn Beluche
Louise Campbell Marie de Remy
Montagu Love Adm. Cockburn
Eric Stanley Gen. Ross
Fred Kohler Gramby
Gilbert Emery Capt. Lockyer
Holmes Herbert Capt. McWilliams
Evelyn Keyes Madeleine
Francis McDonald Camden Blount
Frank Melton Lt. Shreve
Stanley Andrews Collector of Port
Richard Denning Capt. Reid
Lina Basquette Roxanne
Charles Brokaw Vincent Nolte
Davison Clark Colonel Butler
Ethel Clayton Actor
Ellen Drew Woman
Paul Fix Dying pirate
John Hubbard Charles
Thaddeus Jones John Freeman
Alphonse Martell Major Latour
J.P. McGowan Jailer
Barry Norton Villere
John Rogers Mouse
Reginald Sheffield Ship's Surgeon
Hans Steinke Tarsus
Evan Thomas Sir Harry Smith
Charles Trowbridge Daniel Carrol
Luana Walters Suzette
Eugene Jackson James Smith
Philip Morris Pirate

Technical Credits
Cecil B. DeMille Director,Producer
George Antheil Score Composer
Anne Bauchens Editor
Dwight Franklin Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Lamb Screenwriter
Edwin Justus Mayer Screenwriter
Victor Milner Cinematographer
Boris Morros Musical Direction/Supervision
William Pine Associate Producer
C. Gardner Sullivan Screenwriter
Natalie Visart Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Buccaneer
1. Chapter 1 [:12]
2. Opening [12:02]
3. Lafitte's Market [10:08]
4. Sinking of Corinthian [19:07]
5. The British Are Coming [18:04]
6. Betrayed [16:56]
7. Second Pardon [18:06]
8. Brothers in Arms [13:47]
9. Celebration [17:26]

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