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Flynn Beats Depp In Pirates Poll


Errol Flynn Johnny Depp Pirates Of The Caribbean Captain Blood Robert Newton Tyrone Power Charles Laughton Dustin Hoffman Walter Matthau Wallace Beery

Swashbuckler Errol Flynn has dented Johnny Depp's Pirates Of The Caribbean celebrations by being hailed Hollywood's top buccaneer in a new World Entertainment News Network (WENN) poll.
WENN editors teamed up with British buccaneer buff DAVID CORDINGLEY - a consultant on the first Pirates of The Caribbean movie - to scour the movie seas in a bid to come up with the definitive movie pirates poll.
Cordingley, the author of pirate guide UNDER THE BLACK FLAG: THE ROMANCE + REALITY OF LIFE AMONG THE PIRATES, Is keen to point out that no movie has correctly portrayed the true horror of the high seas villains, but, like us, he has enjoyed a century of swash and buckle.
The expert chooses Errol Flynn's Captain Blood as the pick of the pirates, ahead of Depp's CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW.
Cordingley says, "Johnny Depp is hugely entertaining as Captain Jack Sparrow - he's creepy, ruthless and he has an untrustworthy look about him - but no one can beat Errol Flynn.
"He had the charisma, he was tremendously good looking and physically convincing. He really did fence and in real-life he was a hard-drinking, hard-living chap, so I guess he came pretty close to becoming Hollywood's version of a pirate. He has the edge over all the other movie pirates."
Fellow golden age swashbucklers Tyrone Power and Douglas Fairbanks also make the pirate list, as does Charles Laughton, even though Cordingley insists Hollywood's take on bloodthirsty Capt William Kidd is "too soft".
But Robert Newton really makes waves on the WENN ultimate pirates poll because he appears twice - as fictitious Long John Silver in one of many Treasure Island films and as historical anti-hero Blackbeard (EDWARD TEACH).
Here's the WENN pirate poll:
1. ERROL FLYNN as DR PETER BLOOD - CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935)
2. JOHNNY DEPP as CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW - PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN (2003-2006)
3. ROBERT NEWTON as LONG JOHN SILVER - TREASURE ISLAND (1950)
4. TYRONE POWER as JAMIE WARING - THE BLACK SWAN (1942)
5. DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS as THE BLACK PIRATE - THE BLACK PIRATE (1926)
6. CHARLES LAUGHTON as CAPTAIN WILLIAM KIDD - CAPTAIN KIDD (1945)
7. Dustin Hoffman as CAPTAIN HOOK - HOOK (1991)
8. Walter Matthau as CAPTAIN THOMAS BARTHOLOMEW RED - PIRATES (1986)
9. ROBERT NEWTON as BLACKBEARD - BLACKBEARD, THE PIRATE (1952)
10. Wallace Beery as LONG JOHN SILVER - TREASURE ISLAND (1934).

Oliver Twist (1948) Review


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The canonical movie version of Dickens's Oliver Twist, this is as straight-up and authentic as it gets. Oliver asks for "more," ends up adopted, joins a street gang, and pretty much comes full circle, without surprise and with apt attention to period detail. The movie, however, remains mired in controversy due to Alec Guinness's Fagin, which drew such rabid charges of anti-Semitism (check out his nose) that it was banned in Israel. Definitely the version to see before you subject yourself, say, to Polanski's bloated 2005 version.

Treasure Island (1950) Review


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Yo ho ho and a bottle of old school Disney!

When you think of Long John Silver, Robert Newton immediately jumps to mind -- not just the winking scowl, but that crackling har har har mates! voice, too.

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The High And The Mighty Review


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In 1954, zipping off to Hawaii by plane must have been a far different experience than any of us can imagine today. The experience was so terrifying -- at least according to The High and the Mighty, a best-selling book in its era -- that the captain had to come out and talk to each passenger personally to explain that they weren't going to crash and die. And that's just after takeoff, before the plane has any problems!

Newcomers to this story may see John Wayne in a military uniform and an airplane on the cover of this DVD (with a title that evokes the air force) and assume, understandably, that they're going to be watching another military drama. Not so: Wayne's Dan Roman is a commercial pilot, and he's working the Honolulu-San Francisco route years after surviving a crash that killed everyone in his family except himself. (Also in the cockpit is Robert Stack, playing the role he would ape years later in Airplane!)

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