Last of the Buccaneers

Last of the Buccaneers is a 1950 American Technicolor adventure film directed by Lew Landers and starring Paul Henreid as Jean Lafitte.

Last of the Buccaneers
Directed byLew Landers
Produced bySam Katzman
Written byRobert E. Kent
StarringPaul Henreid
CinematographyVincent Farrar
Edited byHenry Batista
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 25, 1950 (1950-10-25)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States


Swashbuckler about the adventures of pirate Jean Lafitte after he helped save New Orleans from a British invasion during the War of 1812.



Henreid's career had suffered since the Red Scare of the late 1940s, which saw him unofficially blacklisted from the major Hollywood studios. He had been making films in New York and France when offered the lead role in Last of the Buccaneers by producer Sam Katzman. It was Henreid's first swashbuckler since the highly successful The Spanish Main (1945). Henreid appeared in the film for a relatively low salary plus a percentage of the profits.[1][2]

Filming started 14 March 1950.[3]

Hedda Hopper reported that Errol Flynn had written a script called The Last of the Buccaneers in the late 1940s for Flynn to star in but it appears to have no other connection to this film.[4]


According to Henreid, the film was very successful at the box office and proved to be highly lucrative for the actor.[1] He went on to make a number of other swashbucklers for Katzman.


  1. Last of the Buccaneers at Turner Classic Monthly
  2. Drama: Paul Henreid to Star as Pirate; Bel Geddes, Ball Both Stagebound Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 23 Feb 1950: A11.
  3. CHAPLIN AND GARBO WIN MOVIE LAURELS: Named Best Film Players in Half-Century Poll--Gone With the Wind' Tops Pictures By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 23 Feb 1950: 34.
  4. Errol Flynn, Donlevy, Irish Actor All Figure in New Screen Projects Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 15 Mar 1949: A7.
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