Captain Vallo (Lancaster) — the most energetic and cunning of 18th century pirates — seizes a cache of ammunition from a Spanish ship and decides to sell it to the rebels of Spain. An agent from Spain then offers Vallo a sizable bribe if he agrees to snatch the rebel leader instead. The pirate is torn between his love of money, and a nagging sense of honor which draws him to the rebels' side.
Lancaster's showbiz start as an acrobat is on full display in this kinetic, vibrant, and spirited adventure; both his grace in motion and youthful charisma dazzle. Eva Bartok makes a fetching love interest, and Burt's old acrobat pal Nick Cravat is on hand playing Vallo's mute sidekick (the studio wouldn't let him speak on-screen because of his thick New York accent). Cravat matches the young star's impressive moves, if not his million-watt smile. Also look for Christopher Lee and Dana Wynter in minor roles. Lots of action and color fill this sweeping picture, which is certain to enthrall grown-ups and children alike. Set sail with "The Crimson Pirate"!