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Blackbeard, the Pirate

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Blackbeard, the Pirate
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Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Release Date 1952
Language English
Studio RKO Radio Pictures
Distributor RKO Radio Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Edward Teach aka Blackbeard Robert Newton
Edwina Mansfield Linda Darnell
Ben Worley William Bendix
Robert Maynard Keith Andes
Sir Henry Morgan Torin Thatcher
Gilly Skelton Knaggs
Jubal Keith McConnell

The following weapons were used in the film Blackbeard, the Pirate:

Flintlock Pistol

The Flintlock Pistol is the most popular firearm in the film. Edward Teach aka Blackbeard (Robert Newton) carries two Flintlock Pistols and fires them many times. Ben Worley (William Bendix), Gilly (Skelton Knaggs), Jubal (Keith McConnell), Sorrel (Sol Gorss) as well as pirates (Leo Abbey), (George Bruggeman), (Cecil Combs), (Rus Conklin), (Taylor Flaniken), (Al Haskell), (Chester Hayes), (Tom Humphries), (Stubby Kruger), (Bob Morgan), (Peter Ortiz), (Jack Perry), (Cap Somers), (Pat Valentino) and (Terry Wilson) also use flintlock pistols. Edwina Mansfield (Linda Darnell) and Robert Maynard (Keith Andes) fire flintlock pistols several times. Sir Henry Morgan (Torin Thatcher) carries a flintlock pistol on his belt, but never fires it.

British Heavy Dragoon Pistol - .62 caliber
British 1756 Light Dragoon Pistol - .68 caliber
Tower Sea Service Pistol used by the British Royal Navy.
Ben Worley (William Bendix) with the pistol on his belt.
Ben Worley (William Bendix) threatens Edward Teach aka Blackbeard (Robert Newton).
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Close view of the pistol, before Edwina Mansfield (Linda Darnell) grabs and fires it.
Several flintlock pistols on the box.
Sir Henry Morgan (Torin Thatcher) with the pistol on his belt.
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Edward Teach aka Blackbeard (Robert Newton) with two pistols on his belt.
Edward Teach aka Blackbeard (Robert Newton) draws his pistol...
...and fires it.

Brown Bess Flintlock Musket

British soldiers (two of whom are played by Don House and Chuck Roberson) fire Brown Bess Flintlock Muskets in one scene. The movie's plot involves several historical figures with non-overlapping lifespans and periods of activity, but the Brown Bess is anachronistic for nearly all of them, including Blackbeard himself.

Modern reproduction of "Long Land Pattern" Brown Bess Infantry musket made from 1722-1768 - .75 caliber.
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The soldiers fire.

Swivel cannon

Swivel cannon can be seen on Sir Henry Morgan's (Torin Thatcher) ship.

Swivel gun - 18th century
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Nearly all ships are equipped with smoothbore muzzleloader cannons. Several cannons can be seen in the fortress and pirates' base.

Naval cannon - 18th century
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