“The Crimson Pirate” with Burt Lancaster is a swashbuckling film that I have heard a lot of praise for over the years but for one reason or another, have never seen the film. Last night however, I sat down and watched this classic. I was immediately immersed in the world created by director, Robert Siodmark. The atmosphere, style of humor and the action were all very well done. The path of a pirate turned hero, mainly for the love of a woman, is a stereotypical plot point in many swashbuckler films and stories. In the case of “The Crimosn Pirate”, a typical plot device is brought to a higher level by the direction of Siodmak and the superb acting of Burt Lancaster. The cast of your regular swashbucklers and corrupt politicians were also on another level in this film. The greatest part of this film however, had to be the mute pirate played by Nick Cravat. All in all, this film is a swashbuckling classic and should be on the radar of any real fan of swashbuckling cinema.