Yarrrrrr, mateys!

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Ahoy! As you can likely tell, we at NoRMMA decided that International Talk Like a Pirate Day – which has taken place on 19 September since 1995, apparently, which would make this year its 20th jubilee! –  is indeed a holiday worthy of being observed. As such, for your enjoyment and education, we are proud to present some pirate-related fan magazine offerings… with a particular focus, of course, on female pirates!

The above image is an ad for Prudence the Pirate (Moving Picture World, 21 Oct 1916), a 1916 film starring Gladys Hulette as the eponymous Prudence, who according to the film’s IMDB page “rents an old ship complete with a motley crew of sailors, and makes plans to become a female Blackbeard”. Here’s the cover of this particular issue of Moving Picture World…

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… and a review of the film published in that same issue, proving some more information about the plot of the film and its (seemingly positive) reception. Please click the pages for a hi-res image.

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The Photo-Play Journal published a short novelisation of the film’s plot in November 1916…

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The rest of the article can be found here.

Finally, here’s a rather picture-heavy feature on the film from the December 1916 issue of Film Fun.

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Sadly, the film’s status appears to be unknown today, but do let us know if you have seen it or know where a copy might exist, because it sounds (and looks) delightful!

A second film we uncovered, although, perhaps, one with less of a piratey focus and more of a focus on bootleggers, those modern-day pirates, is Oh Kay, (1928), starring Colleen Moore as the central character. The following two pages are from Motion Picture Classic, April 1929.

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Sadly, this film appears to be definitely lost. Film history clearly does not favour lady pirates!

We hope you have a great Talk Like a Pirate Day this year, and take our leave from you with the help of Joan Crawford, who no doubt sold plenty of silverware by dressing like a pirate…. Arrrrr!

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