Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A New Poll: Favorite Movie Pirates

I've watched a sackful of Douglas Fairbanks movies in the last two days and with the premiere of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean sequel imminent, a new poll suggested itself: "Who is your favorite swashbuckling movie pirate?" (Vote at right.)

Your choices:

Douglas Fairbanks

Errol Flynn

Tyrone Power

Burt Lancaster

Johnny Depp

other

16 comments:

Beveridge D. Spenser said...

Johnny Depp is not my favorite pirate, but his franchise may be my favorite pirate movies. Most pirate movies are compromised by a weak action, excessive goofiness, or lack of nautical scenes. The last is a killer - so many pirate movies spend too much time on dry land or phony ship sets. Not Pirates of the Caribbean, though!

But Depp is a little too Burt Lancaster for my tastes.

Page said...

Hands down Errol Flynn gets my vote!
Page

Mythical Monkey said...

Of Burt Lancaster, I say when he's good, he's very very good, and when he's bad, he's the Crimson Pirate.

My mother, as a teenage girl, was foaming at the mouth gaga over Tyrone Power -- Alexander's Ragtime Band was one of her all-time favorites -- so it's nice to see he's picked up a couple of votes.

I like Johnny Depp -- I'd put him third on my list. He's basically the anti-pirate pirate, funny and single-handedly turned what could have been a minor Disney movie into one of the most lucrative franchises in history.

But Errol Flynn versus Douglas Fairbanks is where the action is in my head -- Fairbanks in The Black Pirate, one of the earliest color movies, is filled with great stunts and action, while Flynn in both Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk is terrific. You can't go wrong either way.

And for those who prefer, say, Wallace Beery as Long John Silver, or whoever that guy was in The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad or even the dead Guy Williams in Captain Sinbad, well, there's always "other"!

Beveridge D. Spenser said...

Charles Laughton as Capt. Kidd! Oops, I already voted. Never mind.

Mythical Monkey said...

Vote early, vote often, I always say!

Worc said...

I voted for Lancaster, incredible performances like a pirate.

A greeting.

Mythical Monkey said...

I think my favorite Lancaster performances are Elmer Gantry, The Train and Atlantic City. Plus all those film noirs he made in the 1940s.

He's never boring.

Worc said...

Agree with you, for me Elmer Gantry is a superb Lancaster`s performance and Jean Simmons simply amazing.

A greeting.

Uncle Tom said...

what, no Yosemite Sam?

Oh Mr Pye-Rate!

I'm a Hessian with no agression

Mythical Monkey said...

I got your Yosemite Sam right here ...

Mythical Monkey said...

And apropos of exactly nothing -- goigle, goigle, goigle, goigle!

Douglas Fairbanks said...

I vote for Mr. Depp.  While he neither swashes nor buckles, he charms and entertains.

Thank you for considering my work.


I think my favorite Lancaster performances are Elmer Gantry, The Train and Atlantic City. Plus all those film noirs he made in the 1940s.

My friend, let us not sleep on Mr. Lancaster's performance in Field of Dreams  The film is admittedly a train wreck, but every moment that Mr. Lancaster appears onscreen is sublime -- he is a movie star and makes us like it.

Douglas Fairbanks said...

It nearly slipped my
mind:

Your modern pharmaceutical Xanax is admirable!

Mythical Monkey said...

My friend, let us not sleep on Mr. Lancaster's performance in Field of Dreams The film is admittedly a train wreck, but every moment that Mr. Lancaster appears onscreen is sublime -- he is a movie star and makes us like it.

Ah, yes, it slipped my mind. Lancaster rescues the movie -- a great, understated performance,

Joseph said...

Well, the star of any pirate movie worth its salt is the ship. You have to have a ragtag pirate ship square off against one of those British ships with three tiers of cannons before you can even call it a pirates movie...

... and then there must be a women worth stealing, converting to the cause, losing, and then rescuing from her unhappy life of royalty and privilege for a life on the high seas ...

... then we need Errol Flynn to step in to save the day ...

Mythical Monkey said...

Got tired of waiting for Blogger to restore all the missing comments.

Beveridge D. Spenser: Charles Laughton as Capt. Kidd! Oops, I already voted. Never mind.

Mythical Monkey: Vote early, vote often, I always say!

Worc: I voted for Lancaster, incredible performances like a pirate. A greeting.

Mythical Monkey: I think my favorite Lancaster performances are Elmer Gantry, The Train and Atlantic City. Plus all those film noirs he made in the 1940s. He's never boring.

Worc: Agree with you, for me Elmer Gantry is a superb Lancaster`s performance and Jean Simmons simply amazing. A greeting.

Uncle Tom: what, no Yosemite Sam? Oh Mr Pye-Rate! I'm a Hessian with no agression

Mythical Monkey: I got your Yosemite Sam right here ...

Mythical Monkey: And apropos of exactly nothing ... goigle, goigle, goigle, goigle!

Douglas Fairbanks: I vote for Mr. Depp. While he neither swashes nor buckles, he charms and entertains. Thank you for considering my work. I think my favorite Lancaster performances are Elmer Gantry, The Train and Atlantic City. Plus all those film noirs he made in the 1940s. My friend, let us not sleep on Mr. Lancaster's performance in Field of Dreams The film is admittedly a train wreck, but every moment that Mr. Lancaster appears onscreen is sublime -- he is a movie star and makes us like it.

Douglas Fairbanks: It nearly slipped my mind: Your modern pharmaceutical Xanax is admirable!

Mythical Monkey: My friend, let us not sleep on Mr. Lancaster's performance in Field of Dreams The film is admittedly a train wreck, but every moment that Mr. Lancaster appears onscreen is sublime -- he is a movie star and makes us like it. Ah, yes, it slipped my mind. Lancaster rescues the movie -- a great, understated performance,