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Boy and the Pirates, The (United Artists 1960, Charles Herbert, Susan Gordon)



In fanciful children’s tale The Boy and the Pirates, a boy (Charles Herbert) discovers a bottle on the beach that serves as the residence of Abu the Genie (Joseph Turkel). Abu grants the boy’s wish for a pirate’s life of adventure, casting him onto the deck of Blackbeard’s (Murvyn Vye) pirate ship, where he learns the art of escape, the perils of rum and the dangerous allure of treasure.

The Boy and the Pirates was produced and directed by quickie-flick’ entrepreneur Bert I. Gordon, responsible for such films as The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) and Earth Vs. the Spider (1958). The film also starred Joseph Turkel, one of Stanley Kubrick’s favorite actors, as the genie; he appeared in Kubrick’s The Shining and Paths of Glory.

production details
USA | United Artists | 82 minutes | 1960
Director: Bert I. Gordon
Script: Jerry Sackheim, Lillie Hayward, Bert I. Gordon,

Timothy Carey as Morgan
Albert Cavens as Dutch Captain (as Al Cavens)
Murvyn Vye as Blackbeard
Charles Herbert as Jimmy Warren
Susan Gordon as Kathy/Katrina Van Keif
Paul Guilfoyle as snipe
Joe Turkel as Abu the Genie (as Joseph Turkel)
Archie Duncan as Scoggins
Than Wyenn as Hunter
Mickey Finn as Peake
Morgan Jones as Mr. Warren