Buccaneer's Girl (1950)

77 mins | Swashbuckler | March 1950

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were No Other Woman , Debbie's Escape and Mme. McCoy and the Pirate . As noted in a NYT news item, Elsa Lanchester's character "Madame Brizar," while presented as the headmistress of a girl's finishing school in order to comply with PCA code regulations, is clearly meant to be the madam of an upper-class New Orleans bordello. According to Universal press materials, nearly four acres of the studio's back lot was tied up in sets for Buccaneer's Girl , including an exact replica of New Orleans' French Quarter, circa ... More Less

The working titles of this film were No Other Woman , Debbie's Escape and Mme. McCoy and the Pirate . As noted in a NYT news item, Elsa Lanchester's character "Madame Brizar," while presented as the headmistress of a girl's finishing school in order to comply with PCA code regulations, is clearly meant to be the madam of an upper-class New Orleans bordello. According to Universal press materials, nearly four acres of the studio's back lot was tied up in sets for Buccaneer's Girl , including an exact replica of New Orleans' French Quarter, circa 1810. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Mar 1950.
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Daily Variety
1 Mar 50
p. 3, 6
Film Daily
6 Mar 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jul 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Mar 50
pp. 3-4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Mar 50
p. 213.
New York Times
27 Mar 50
p. 19.
New York Times
2 Apr 1950.
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Variety
1 Mar 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Adpt from a story by
Adpt from a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog
DANCE
Choreographer
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Fencing instructor
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
SONGS
"A Sailor Sails the Seven Seas," "Monsieur" and "Because You're in Love," music by Walter Scharf, lyrics by Jack Brooks.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Debbies escape
Madame Mccoy and the pirate
No Other Woman
Release Date:
March 1950
Production Date:
early July--mid August 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
17 March 1950
Copyright Number:
LP18
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
77
Length(in feet):
6,910
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Frederic Baptiste, a gentleman pirate, captures yet another ship belonging to Alexander Narbonne, the wealthy New Orleans shipping magnate, not realizing that among his booty is a stowaway from Boston named Deborah McCoy, who is disguised as a cabin boy. Rather than being put on a lifeboat with the other passengers, Deborah is kept aboard the pirate ship, where she soon attracts Baptiste's attention. When the pirate threatens to maroon her on a small island, Deborah slips ashore while his ship is docked in New Orleans, and is soon hired as an entertainer by Mme. Brizar, the proprietor of a "School for Genteel Young Ladies." After months of training, Deborah is finally sent out on her first assignment, a party held by Captain Robert Kingston, the head of the Seaman's Fund. Deborah is surprised to discover that Robert and Baptiste are one and the same, but she agrees to keep his secret when she learns that Robert has been using his plunder from Narbonne's ships to support the local seamen. In actuality, Robert killed the real Baptiste, who had been hired by Narbonne to destroy the competition, and now pretends to be the pirate in order to raise money to rebuild the local fleet. Robert's ruse is discovered by Narbonne when his thugs steal the sea captain's ring. With the help of Patout, his secretary, Narbonne sets a trap for Robert, not knowing that Deborah has overheard their plotting. Later, Deborah gets into a fight with Robert's fiancée, Arlene Villon, the governor's niece, and becomes a fugitive from justice when Villon files assault charges against her. Later, Robert returns to his ... +


Frederic Baptiste, a gentleman pirate, captures yet another ship belonging to Alexander Narbonne, the wealthy New Orleans shipping magnate, not realizing that among his booty is a stowaway from Boston named Deborah McCoy, who is disguised as a cabin boy. Rather than being put on a lifeboat with the other passengers, Deborah is kept aboard the pirate ship, where she soon attracts Baptiste's attention. When the pirate threatens to maroon her on a small island, Deborah slips ashore while his ship is docked in New Orleans, and is soon hired as an entertainer by Mme. Brizar, the proprietor of a "School for Genteel Young Ladies." After months of training, Deborah is finally sent out on her first assignment, a party held by Captain Robert Kingston, the head of the Seaman's Fund. Deborah is surprised to discover that Robert and Baptiste are one and the same, but she agrees to keep his secret when she learns that Robert has been using his plunder from Narbonne's ships to support the local seamen. In actuality, Robert killed the real Baptiste, who had been hired by Narbonne to destroy the competition, and now pretends to be the pirate in order to raise money to rebuild the local fleet. Robert's ruse is discovered by Narbonne when his thugs steal the sea captain's ring. With the help of Patout, his secretary, Narbonne sets a trap for Robert, not knowing that Deborah has overheard their plotting. Later, Deborah gets into a fight with Robert's fiancée, Arlene Villon, the governor's niece, and becomes a fugitive from justice when Villon files assault charges against her. Later, Robert returns to his ship and sets sail, unaware that Deborah is aboard, waiting for him. When Deborah tells Robert what she overheard between Narbonne and Patout, he recognizes Narbonne's deception and changes course in order to attack the French ships that are actually carrying the shipping magnate's riches. After months at sea, Robert successfully sinks Narbonne's three remaining ships, then heads back to New Orleans. Deborah proclaims her love to Robert, but, as a man of honor, he rejects her, having already promised himself to Arlene. Upon arriving in New Orleans, however, Robert learns that Arlene wed Narbonne during his absence, and is further shocked to learn that she sees her marriage merely as a convenience that should not interfere with their romance. When Robert rejects her adulterous proposal, the infuriated Arlene agrees to help prosecute her ex-fiancé for piracy. After Robert and his crew are arrested, the sea captain mistakenly believes that Deborah betrayed him. Later, Narbonne offers Robert clemency if he agrees to sign a statement stating that all the money raised by the Seaman's Fund was from his looted ships, but the pirate refuses. He then learns from Patout that it was Arlene who betrayed. Robert and his men are then broken out of jail by Deborah and the local seamen, and the pirates set sail for distant waters, with Robert and Deborah happily united. +

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