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The Buccaneer 
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Fredric March plays the swashbuckling pirate Jean Lafitte, operating of the coast of New Orleans, Lafitte and his thousand pirates plunder all passing ships for the wealth, but refuses to attack any vessel flying the American flag. Lafitte is offered a pardon by Andrew Jackson (Hugh Sothern), if he and his men fight by his side against the powerful British redcoats. As good as his word, Lafitte stands shoulder to shoulder with Jackson as they ward off the British at the Battle of New Orleans. Rescued from a sunken ship by Lafitte, Dutch maiden Gretchen (Franciska Gaal) falls madly in love with the dashing pirate, but he only has eyes for aristocratic Louisiana belle Annette (Margot Grahame), the daughter of Governor Claiborne (Douglass Dumbrille) who’s Lafitte’s arch nemesis. The stellar cast includes Akim Tamiroff, Walter Brennan and Anthony Quinn. Directed by the great Cecil B. DeMille who also produced a remake of The Buccaneer in 1958.
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I was surprised that Olive Films which released this print and charges higher end prices for their releases did not make some effort to restore the film. The print, though completely watchable, looks like a film neglected for decades with lots of dirt and scratches throughout. This is why it lost one star.
The other lost star is because of the lead actor, Fredric March, who plays Jean Lafitte like some cartoon "Lucky Pierre" cartoon character. His accent and overstated gesturing are cringe worthy. This is odd because he was one of the great actors of the golden age of movies. It seems that under directors like Mamoulian or Wyler or Wellman, he delivered sensitive realistic award worthy performances, but under deMille, he was left unrestrained (as were many other usually fine actors in other deMille epics) and was so hammy as to come off as comical.
All and all it's worth a look but don't expect a masterpiece.