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This tongue-in-cheek Burt Lancaster swashbuckler was made in 1950, two years before the better-known The Crimson Pirate. Though the action is less stylized, it's just as entertaining, and director Jacques Tourneur (Out of the Past) provides some of his most beautifully lit and layered images, photographed in Technicolor by Ernest Haller. The film is hardly ever spoken of—even among Tourneur cultists—but by rights it should be an action classic. With Virginia Mayo, Aline MacMahon, and Nick Cravat.

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