Cinema: The New Pictures, Sep. 15, 1952

The Crimson Pirate (Norma Production; Warner) is a jaunty take-off on just about every pirate picture ever made. Burt Lancaster, swinging from a ship's mast during the credit titles, gets matters off to a gay start by advising the audience to "ask no questions—believe what you see," and then, with a wink: "No—believe only half of what you see."

Roaming the Mediterranean during the 18th century. Pirate Lancaster and his capering, cutthroat crew outwit the King of Spain's men on sea. land and even in the air—by means of an anachronistic balloon. There is...

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