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Anne of the Indies (1951)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 18 October 1951 (USA)
In order to recover his ship impounded by the British, former pirate captain LaRochelle agrees to spy on the notorious Caribbean Sea pirates Blackbeard and Anne Providence.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Philip Dunne (screenplay), Arthur Caesar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Peters ... Captain Anne Providence
Louis Jourdan ... Captain Pierre François LaRochelle
Debra Paget ... Molly LaRochelle
Herbert Marshall ... Dr. Jameson
Thomas Gomez ... Captain Edward Teach aka Blackbeard
James Robertson Justice ... Red Dougal
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Herkimer
Sean McClory ... Hackett
Holmes Herbert ... English Sea Captain
Byron Nelson Byron Nelson ... Bear Handler
Douglas Bennett Douglas Bennett ... Bear Wrestler
Mario Siletti ... Slave Market Auctioneer
Robert R. Stephenson Robert R. Stephenson ... Tavern Host (as Bob Stephenson)
Carleton Young ... Pirate Mate
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Storyline

LaRochelle, a former pirate captain, is caught by the British. To get his ship back, he works as a spy against other pirates, first of all Blackbeard and Providence. He works on some ships, crossing the Caribbean sea, with the intention of being enchained, when a pirate ship is in sight, to make them believe he's an enemy of the British. One day, his ship is conquered by Captain Providence. What nobody knew before, Providence is a (beautiful, of course) woman. She believes his story and so he joins her crew. But Blackbeard, her fatherly friend, doesn't believe him. Providence and LaRochelle fall in love, although he is married. When LaRochelle tries to deliver her to the British, she forebodes the trap, kidnaps his wife and escapes. As for revenge, she wants to sell his wife on a slave-market. LaRochell gets his ship and his crew back and follows her. ... Written by Christian Wenger <wenger@ls7.informatik.uni-dortmund.de>

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The storming, slashing, sweeping saga of history's fabulous pirate queen !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anne of the Indies See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Red Dougal (James Robertson Justice) falls face down over cannon after being hit by part of a falling mast. A moment later he's seen face up over the cannon. See more »

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Captain Pierre François LaRochelle: I've worn irons. I've been spreadeagled and flogged. I've been under the cutlass of Blackbeard himself. And called red-handed cutthroats my friends. And stood by and watched murders and worse. And that's not all.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Less than two hundred and fifty years ago, the last of the great pirates wrote their names in blood and fire across the pages of maritime history.

This is the story of a buccaneer Captain whose name for one short year struck terror in the hearts of seafarers and merchants from the ports of the Carribbean to the great trading houses of London.... See more »

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Edited into Pirates of Tortuga (1961) See more »

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Ann of the Indies
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Music by Joe Cooper
Lyrics by George Jessel and Samuel Lerner
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A woman's desperation defending her sorrow with her sword.
17 August 2003 | by medtner1970See all my reviews

Anne of the Indies is one of my favourite movies.On my point of view,the central theme is the impossibility for a woman to live her own identity as a woman.She is trapped in a male identity,being grown up under Blackbeard's school: sword,ships and pirates.

When she falls in love for the first time,she is unable to express female feelings she feels.She almost ridiculise herself for her love,a new experience,and her own humiliation is exceptionally well acted by Jean Peters.Her desperation became more evident as the film goes on,above all when she has to admit herself her own sorrow after having been betrayed (this betrayal is a terrible event which destroys her under-construction female identity) and she is forced to admit her own weakness she has always tried to hide with a splendid use of her sword. The final scene with Blackbeard planting his sword on the ship floor is fantastic,because he does just the same act that every person who understand the dramatic situation of Anne-Captain Providence would have done.

I find this a marvellous movie,almost perfect:the only scene I don't like too much is the very last,when the name of her ship is cancelled from the register of outlaw ships:on my point of view,Tourneur made an error to show her again.It would have been more effective if the last time we look at her was just when she cries to Blackbeard "Come and take me,old pirate"(I base myself on the italian dubbing).

A moving film,which reminds me of the powerful acting of equally desperate Ella Raines in "Tall in the Saddle".


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