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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Saturday, October 15, 2005


Robert Newton
Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)
ROBERT NEWTON (1905-1956) Excellent British character actor and lead player who turned in several memorable performances.

Blackbeard the Pirate (1952)Haven't you seen Blackbeard the Pirate (1952)? Newton was quite comfortable in pirate roles since they gave him the opportunity to chew every piece of scenery in sight. Fun.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Treasure Island (1950) Newton's portrayal of arch rogue Long John Silver overshadowed Wallace Beery's, and is still the standard by which all others are measured. He continued the role in a television series filmed in Australia.
Henry V (1944) Ancient Pistol, one of Shakespeare's great rascals, was the perfect vehicle for Newton.
This Happy Breed (1944) The minor triumphs and tragedies of a British family between the wars was the subject of Noel Coward's play. Here Robert Newton gives a moving portrayal of an average man trying to keep home and family together.
Around The World In Eighty Days (1956) Newton as Mr. Fix, a detective convinced that Phineas Fogg has robbed the Bank Of England and pursues him around the world. He never gets lost in the sea of famous faces in this, his final movie. He died shortly after completing the film.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Wed, Oct 12 2005 / 20:24:51 PDT