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Series cast summary:
Robert Shaw ...  Capt. Dan Tempest 37 episodes, 1956-1957
Paul Hansard Paul Hansard ...  Taffy / ... 36 episodes, 1956-1957
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ...  Gaff Guernsay / ... 35 episodes, 1956-1957
Edwin Richfield ...  Crewman Armando 32 episodes, 1956-1957
Peter Hammond ...  Lt. Edward Beamish 26 episodes, 1956-1957
Roy Purcell Roy Purcell ...  1st Spanish Guard / ... 23 episodes, 1956-1957
Neil Hallett ...  Bosun Bassett / ... 22 episodes, 1956-1957
Wilfred Downing Wilfred Downing ...  Crewman Dickon / ... 17 episodes, 1956-1957
Willoughby Gray ...  Pop / ... 17 episodes, 1956-1957
Dennis Lacey Dennis Lacey ...  1st Spanish Sailor / ... 16 episodes, 1956-1957
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Captain Dan Tempest was an ex-pirate who received a pardon from the King and turned privateer after his stronghold of New Providence was taken over by Crown soldiers. Tempest and Lt. Beamish, the Crown-appointed deputy governor, were uneasy allies, fighting the Spanish privateers who were ravaging the Caribbean. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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UK

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English

Release Date:

22 September 1956 (USA) See more »

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The Buccaneers See more »

Filming Locations:

Falmouth, Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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"Let's Go A Rovin' A Rovin' Across the Ocean, oh Let's Go A Rovin' and join The Buccaneers"
4 March 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Watching Robert Shaw as the gangster/mark Lonergan in The Sting, made me think of the first time I saw Mr. Shaw in this short lived series The Buccaneers. It was one of those British based series that made its way in syndication across the Atlantic, like Robin Hood, Sir Lancelot, Sir Francis Drake.

I've got a feeling that this one may have been a replacement for Robert Newton's Long John Silver. Mr. Newton was the grandest pirate of all, he made Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow look like Mr. Chips. But he was dying of alcoholism and maybe the BBC needed a new pirate show.

Only 39 episodes were made of The Buccaneer. Robert Shaw went on to bigger and better things. He died tragically just as he was really reaching the heights as a player with great performances in Jaws and in The Sting. What a great loss he was.

Shaw's Dan Tempest was not in the Robert Newton, but rather in the Errol Flynn tradition. He would have made a grand swashbuckling hero if his career hadn't taken other directions.

Like Flynn's Captain Blood, Dan Tempest was a former pirate newly pardoned and working for law and order and his majesty the king, doing a few odd jobs policing the seas. His three top crewman, Gaff, Taffy, and a Spanish renegade named Armando were as salty a bunch as ever shivered any timbers.

He also had a British naval officer, Lieutenant Beamish played by Peter Hammond who worked with Tempest, sort of in tandem. Beamish was squeamish about working with a pirate, but after a while he sort of just went with the flow.

With all the great film parts that Robert Shaw played, it's Dan Tempest that I remember him best for. I do so wish I could see some Buccaneer episodes.


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