ARRR! Since Talk Like a Pirate Day is the best day of the year and since plenty of silent films had piratical themes, I decided that I would combine these important interests and make a list of pirate films that I think are the bee’s knees.
The Black Pirate
I mean, this is obvious. It’s a classic, it contains a lot of pirate action AND pirate title cards and it’s in Technicolor. What more could a silent film fan or a lover of Douglas Fairbanks ask for. This is basically the pirate film prototype.
Captain Kidd’s Kids
This comedy features Harold Lloyd and an all-flapper pirate crew. I mean, is there any possible way to resist this? Didn’t think so.
The Sea Hawk
These would be Barbary Pirates and the film is my very most favoritest pirate-themed silent. It asks questions about vengeance, religion and all kinds of deep topics whilst also delivering on the action and adventure and full-size sailing ships. Yes, please!
The Cruise of the Jasper B
The pirate connection is tenuous (the hero is a descendant of pirates and he owns a pirate ship) but oh brother do I love this wacky, weird film. I am not sure what the crew was smoking when they made it but I am fairly sure that it is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
So I’m biased. But I did work on releasing this thing for about a year and it does contain some really solid piratical action on a real, full-size sailing ship.
What about you? What are your silent pirate picks? Shiver me timbers if you won’t have a stack of good suggestions. ARRR and all that.
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