A series of pirate boardings of merchant ships in the Mediterranean Sea prompts the United States State Department to send Major Tom Blake (Donald Woods) on a secret mission aimed at stopping the extortion being perpetrated by Yusof, the Bey of Tripoli (Stefan Schnabel). When saving the Bey's life puts Blake in his good graces, he learns that the African ruler has a confidante inside the State Department who is telegraphing confidential information about U.S. ships in the region. But after refusing to sign a treaty offered by the United States, the Bey ignores threats of an invasion and orders all Americans in Tripoli imprisoned and executed, forcing Blake to escape and take on the chieftain in order to save lives and end the attacks.
This 1880s pirate-espionage adventure was directed by veteran Columbia helmer Lew Landers (Alias Boston Blackie, The Power of the Whistler), and features Trudy Marshall and Lenore Aubert as damsels in distress. Newly remastered.
Quickie king Sam Katzman was responsible for the 64-minute swashbuckler BARBARY PIRATE. Set mostly in the bay of Tripoli in the early 19th century, the film stars Donald Woods as American army officer Tom Blake. Hoping to trap the titular pirates, Blake gains the confidence of Yussef, the ruler of Tripoli (Stefan Schnabel). After much swordplay and miles of stock footage, the good guys emerge triumphant. One of actor Donald Woods' fringe benefits in agreeing to star in BARBARY PIRATE was the presence of two lovely leading ladies. Trudy Marshall (the mother of actress Deborah Raffin) is the traditional damsel in distress, while Lenore Aubert is the dusky native girl who doesn't survive to the last reel.
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