Errol Flynn leads a great cast including Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn and Mildred Natwick in his last true swashbuckler.
Flynn plays an English officer going undercover to infiltrate a pirate haven. He crosses swords with both O'Hara & Quinn during the spectacle. Though Flynn is the star the interplay between O'Hara & Quinn is at least as interesting as the play between her and Flynn.
O'Hara handles a sword well and is believeable as a lady pirate. I always felt that in the battle of strong women (O'Hara vs Hepburn) O'Hara would win. It is the rare movie when she plays the fem fatale (I think I remember one picture with Tyrone Power.)
Flynn is older and subdued in comparison to his Captian Blood days, but he pulls off his role with style, and Anthony Quinn shows why he was an active actor right until the end, (it would be 40 years later when he would finally win O'Hara in ONLY THE LONELY.)
Errol Flynn's days as a swashbuckling hero were well and truly behind him when he stepped before the cameras for 1952's AGAINST ALL FLAGS. Years of a hard-drinking, party lifestyle were finally beginning to take their toll on the Tasmanian actor, but depite the physical difficulties, he still does manage to save the day. Maureen O'Hara and Anthony Quinn co-star as corsairs, with a lovely comic turn from Mildred Natwick as a "Mrs Anna"-esque governess. British spy Brian Hawke … more
In this dashing swashbuckler styled after the adventure classic that made him a Hollywood institution, Errol Flynn is ideally cast as a British naval officer assigned to disable the guns in the pirate stronghold at Madagascar.