GenreAction, Adventure, Drama Duration CountryUnited States
WriterArthur Caesar, Philip Dunne Release dateOctober 18, 1951 (1951-10-18) (US) ScreenplayPhilip Dunne, Arthur Caesar, Cyril Hume CastJean Peters (Captaine Anne Providence), Louis Jourdan (Captaine Pierre François LaRochelle), Debra Paget (Molly LaRochelle), Herbert Marshall (Dr Jameson), Thomas Gomez (Captaine Edward Teach alias Blackbeard), James Robertson Justice (Red Dougal) Similar moviesBlackbeard the Pirate (1952), The Crimson Pirate (1952), The Black Pirate (1926), A High Wind in Jamaica (1965), Cutthroat Island (1995)
Anne of the indies 1951
Anne of the Indies is a 1951 Technicolor adventure film made by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by George Jessel.
The film stars Jean Peters (the future wife of Howard Hughes) and Louis Jourdan, with Debra Paget, Herbert Marshall, Thomas Gomez and James Robertson Justice.
Cay day and end title anne of the indies ost 1951
After seizing a British ship, the barefoot, female pirate captain Anne Providence (Jean Peters) spares Pierre LaRochelle (Louis Jourdan), a Frenchman captured by the British, from walking the plank. He agrees to join Providence's crew and soon she begins to fall for the handsome officer.
They travel to an island where they meet with her pirate mentor Captain Blackbeard (played by Thomas Gomez), who takes an instant dislike to LaRochelle although he, at first, holds back as he can see Anne has affection for him. Blackbeard eventually realises he has seen LaRochelle before in the French navy when a pirate was hanged. When he reveals this, LaRochelle claims he has left the French navy. Anne believes him, but when Blackbeard attacks him, she defends him and sends Blackbeard and his men away, making an enemy of Blackbeard. It eventually transpires that LaRochelle is working for the British as they have captured his ship, and he has a wife. He betrays Anne to the British who attack her ship. Anne escapes and takes his wife hostage. The British do not return LaRochelle's ship to him, as they did not capture Anne, so LaRochelle gets a ship of his own to go after Anne. In a battle, LaRochelle's ship is destroyed and he is captured. Anne then maroons LaRochelle and his wife on a remote island to die. She sails away, but a few days later her conscience compels her to return with provisions and a small boat. As she does so she is attacked by Blackbeard; instead of fleeing, to stop Blackbeard from finding LaRochelle she stays and fights, even though her ship is no match. Her ship is destroyed, and she is killed.
Jean Peters as Anne, also known as Capt. Providence
Louis Jourdan as Capt. Pierre François La Rochelle
Debra Paget as Molly La Rochelle
Herbert Marshall as Dr. Jameson
Thomas Gomez as Blackbeard
James Robertson Justice as Red Dougal
Francis Pierlot as Herkimer
Sean McClory as Hackett
Holmes Herbert as British sea captain
Byron Nelson as Bear handler
Mario Siletti as Auctioneer
The story was intended to be based on the true life of pirate Anne Bonny.
"Queen Anne of the Indies" (among other proposed titles) was a short story published in the Saturday Evening Post c. 1946, by Charleston's historical fiction author, Herbert Sass. Sass was asked by New York publishers and Los Angeles studios to write a movie treatment of the story. In 1948 he offered up a fictionalized version of the true story of Anne Bonny, including a 10-page "factual basis" for the story. Studios seemed responsive, but in the end Sass was left out of the loop until the movie came out in 1951. What ended up on the screen was very different from the original story. Without writer credit to Sass, it would be difficult to convince anyone it was the same story.
Susan Hayward was originally slated for the lead role, but eventually was replaced by Jean Peters.