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