B&W : Twelve reels
Directed by James Cruze
Cast: Charles Farrell [the boy], Esther Ralston [the girl], Wallace Beery [the boatswain], George Bancroft [the gunner], Johnnie Walker [Stephen Decatur], Charles Hill Mailes (Charles H. Mailes) [Commodore Preble], Eddie Fetherston [Lieutenant Somers], George Godfrey [the cook]; Guy Oliver [the first mate], Fred L. Kohler (Fred Kohler) [the second mate], Nick de Ruiz [the bashaw], Effie Ellsler [the girl’s mother], Mitchell Lewis [the pirate chief], Frank Jonasson [a pirate captain], Frank Bonner [a pirate captain], Duke Kahanamoku [a pirate captain], Edgar ‘Blue’ Washington, Boris Karloff [a pirate aboard the Esther], William Conklin, Spec O’Donnell [the enthusiastic boy aboard the Constitution], Tetsu Komai, Jack Herrick, Richard Alexander, Arthur Ludwig, William Bakewell, Gary Cooper [extra], Richard Arlen [extra]
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation. / Associate producer, B.P. Schulberg. Scenario by Harry Carr and Walter Woods + [Dorothy Arzner], from a screen story by Laurence Stallings. Assistant director, Harold Schwartz. Cinematography by Alfred Gilks + [Charles Boyle]. Special effects by Roy Pomeroy. Intertitles by Rupert Hughes. Music score arranged by Hugo Riesenfeld and Zamecknik. Presented by Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky. / Released 6 December 1926. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Two sequences were shot for Magnascope process projection. The film was edited down to eight reels and rereleased on 3 March 1928 as a Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation production by Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Survival status: Print exists [35mm positive].
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Negroes - Pirates - Ships - Water: Oceans
Listing updated: 24 January 2018.
References: Film credits, film viewing : Bohn-Light pp. 92, 241; Brownlow-Parade p. 296; Drew-Speaking pp. 187, 199-201, 284; Everson-American p. 14; Katchmer-Eighty p. 12; Nollen-Karloff p. 33; Pitts-Hollywood p. 225; Slide-Aspects p. 68; Tarbox-Lost p. 171; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 152-154, 249; Wakeman-World p. 4 : Documentary-Slide.
Home video: VHS.