ARRRR! Silent Movie Stars Talk Like Pirates (with bonus lady pirates)

Since it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day, we clearly need to deploy GIFs of silent era pirate-related antics. Avast and set sail, me bullies!

We’ll start with my favorite wacky pirate, Rod la Rocque in The Cruise of the Jasper B. If you haven’t seen it yet, you simply must. I’m not sure what the screenwriters were taking but if they were to bottle it and sell it, they’d make a fortune. Or go to jail. Definitely go to jail.

Read my review here.

Available on DVD.

Ancient pirates attack in Ben-Hur and while Golthar the terrible lacks any “ARRRR!” dialogue, he more than makes up for it by being called Golthar the terrible.

Read my review here.

Available on DVD.

Elizabethan pirates are the best pirates. Oh, wait, I’m sorry, Elizabethan privateers are the best privateers. If you’ve never seen the 1924 version of The Sea Hawk, what are you waiting for?

Read my review here.

Available on DVD.

I know I posted this one recently but, come on, how could I possibly leave it out? And here’s another one from The Black Pirate:

This is pretty much essential piratical viewing.

Read my review here.

Available on DVD and Bluray.

You may have noticed that the GIF selection has skewed pretty far into the boy side of the classroom. Lest you think that ladies were not allowed to engage in piracy during the silent era, here are two clippings of lost films showing women rocking their pirate gear.

Enid Bennett in “Strangers of the Night”

If you happen to find either of these films, let me know!

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9 Replies to “ARRRR! Silent Movie Stars Talk Like Pirates (with bonus lady pirates)”

  1. “If you happen to find either of these films, let me know!”

    Heavens, not for lack of trying. I’ve been hunting adventure silents and scraps of adventure silents starring the better sex since forever, and will do so ’til can hunt no more! Thanks much for the piratical, delightful nod toward the ladies.

    I’ve commented it before, but here comes that Buccaneers quip yet again (if not today, when?):

    Where’s me Buccaneers? They’re under your buckin’ hat!!! 😉

  2. Don’t forget my current Kickstarter project, BURIED TREASURE (1921), starring Marion Davies in a tale of reincarnation that shows The Pirate of Wall Street (Anders Randolf) in his previous life as a bloodthirsty pirate on the Spanish Main!

      1. This is an amusing article. I found some of the clips to be particularly humorous. Since you are the silent film expert, I wanted to tell you that I had the rare opportunity of seeing a silent film at a movie theater. On Sunday, my family and I watched “Speedy” from 1928 at the famous, beautiful Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. I really enjoyed the experience, which I described in the following article: https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/ice-cream-sodas-and-soda-jerks-at-the-egyptian-theatre/. I think this movie would be a perfect one to breen for the Great Breening Blogathon (https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/extra-the-great-breening-blogathon/). Since you haven’t reviewed this one on our website, as far as I can tell, and you are the acknowledged authority on silent films, I wanted to give you the first chance to breen it for the Breenathon. I will be publishing an article on how to breen on Thursday. I don’t know if you agree with the Code, but I know you would have a grand time breening this for the blogathon. I hope you will join!
        Yours Hopefully,
        Tiffany Brannan

      2. Hi there, glad you liked the GIFs and that you got a chance to see Speedy in the theater. I’m sorry but my schedule is pretty back for the next couple of months as certain projects come to fruition but best of success for your event!

      3. Dear Fritzi,

        Thank you for your kind reply. I understand that you are busy; you certainly are the most frequent poster! I am always impressed by how many articles you write. If you should ever want to write an article about the topics in my blogathon when you are not so busy, just send me the link, and I will be happy to put it on my website.

        Yours Hopefully,

        Tiffany Brannan

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