Against All Flags (1952) - Action, Adventure, Drama

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Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: George Sherman
Stars: Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara
Length: 84 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 3 out of 28 found boring (10.71%)

One-line Reviews (21)

Forget about the plot and simply enjoy this for what it is: an entertaining mixture of swashbuckling action, battle of the sexes comedy and a fast moving popcorn picture that is filled with picture postcard photography and flies by quickly.

As far as the script goes, that is by far the worst part of the film--being mostly clichés and predictable outcomes.

The picture is fast-moving , exciting and thrilling right up to the almost balletic climatic confrontation between Errol Flynn and Anthony Quinn .

Flynn plays a British Navy officer who could be living on the edge since he is spying a pirate community in Madagascar.

For the record, there's none of the humour, dash or intensity we've identified with Flynn in the past, and even O'Hara fails to light up this most dullest of pirate flicks.

Very enjoyable movie.

Enjoyable Pirate movie dealing with Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar .

On the other, she was a walking cliché--an anachronistic lady who never could have existed in 1700--let alone 1952.

An engaging tale of intrigue, a fiery lady pirate -- aptly named "Spitfire" Stevens, and ably played by the great Maureen O'Hara.

Still Against All Flags is entertaining and the fans of the principal players will enjoy it.

While it may not be in quite the same league as some of Errol Flynn's earlier work (Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk, for instance), it is still a greatly entertaining romp.

"London Blackout Murders" director George Sherman's formulaic seafaring voyage "Against All Flags" was actor Errol Flynn's final swashbuckler on the high seas against marauding pirates.

; (2) a highly entertaining script, with plenty of scope for action, colorful characterisations, and some ingenious and original plotting; (3) zestful direction by George Sherman (no relation to Vincent Sherman who handled Flynn in The Adventures of Don Juan); (4) excellent production values, including Russell Metty's Technicolor photography.

Flynn oozes laid back charisma, his unassuming kisses stealing the ladies hearts, Quinn enjoys being the dandy dastardo, O'Hara wields a good blade and broods a sexuality to knock the boys off of their feet, while Mildred Natwick is as always worthy of observation since her visual acting is most enjoyable.

This is a good-natured Technicolor romp with splendid cinematography by Russell Metty and evocative musical score by Hans J.

Nowadays, the amorous persistence of the child-like Indian princess (Alice Kelley) towards her pirate captor Flynn may strike one as being awfully silly but the rest of it – despite clearly not scaling the heights of THE SEA HAWK (1940) and THE BLACK SWAN (1942), to mention the finest seafaring ventures of its respective stars – is briskly paced and reasonably engaging.

All in all, an enjoyable pirate movie for an evening's entertainment.

"Against All Flags" is not a great film of the genre, but it is entertaining and enjoyable.

Enjoyable pirate movie (some spoilers) .

It has all the good ingredients to keep one's attention -- an absorbing tale of intrigue, a fiery lady pirate named Spitfire Stevens (Maureen O'Hara) who's attracted to the irresistible Mr. Hawke (Errol Flynn) who is out on a secret mission of his own.

By 1945, and after a string of solid WWII propaganda pieces, Errol Flynn’s hold over U.