Yellowbeard (1983)

Swashbucklers, pirates, public floggings, saucy tarts, beggars, queens, & jolly rogers.

Original Title : Yellowbeard
Director : Mel Damski
Writer : David Sherlock
Graham Chapman
Peter Cook (I)
Bernard McKenna
Genre : Comedy
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : John Daly (III) , Carter DeHaven (III)
Music : John Morris (II)
Photography : Gerry Fisher (I)
IMDB ID : 0086618
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Yellowbeard (1983) - Mel Damski


┬Graham Chapman Captain Yellowbeard/de: Dotterbart
┬Peter Boyle I
┬Cheech Marin El Segundo (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin
┬Tommy Chong El Nebuloso
┬Peter Cook I
┬Marty Feldman Gilbert
┬Martin Hewitt Dan
┬Michael Hordern Dr. Gilpin
┬Eric Idle Commander Clement
┬Madeline Kahn Betty
┬James Mason I
┬John Cleese Harvey 'Blind' Pew
┬Kenneth Mars Mr. Crisp and Verdugo
┬Spike Milligan Flunkie
┬Stacy Nelkin Triola (as Stacey Nelkin
┬Nigel Planer Mansell
┬Susannah York Lady Churchill
┬Beryl Reid Lady Lambourn
┬Ferdy Mayne Mr. Beamish (as Ferdinand Mayne
┬John Francis II
┬Peter Bull I
┬Bernard Fox I
┬Ronald Lacey I
┬Greta Blackburn Mister Prostitute
┬Nigel Stock I
┬Kenneth Danziger Mr. Martin
┬Monte Landis Prison Guard
┬Richard Wren Pirate
┬Gillian Eaton Rosie
┬Bernard McKenna Askey
┬John Dair Big John
┬Carlos Romano II
┬├ülvaro Carca├▒o Beggar
┬Leopoldo Franc├ęs Helmsman (as Leopoldo Frances
┬Ava Harela Flower Girl
┬Garry O'Neill Sergeant of the Marines
┬George Lane Cooper The Shark (uncredited
┬Michael Mileham The Coxan (uncredited


Yellowbeard, a pirate's pirate, is allowed to escape from prison to lead the authorities to his treasure. He finds that his wife neglected to tell him that he now has a son, 20, and shame of shame, an intellectual. The British Navy, Yellowbeard, his son, and members of Yellowbeard's old crew all go after the treasure.


Python fans might be a little bemused to see Graham Chapman's second solo venture (after the superior 'The Odd Job').Yellowbeard the pirate is a very, very, funny characterisation and Chapman has a ball in the lead.The supporting cast boasts Madeline Kahn, fellow Pythons John Cleese and Eric Idle, Peter Cook, Beryl Reid, Michael Hordern, Marty Feldman (who died during production), David Bowie, James Mason, and Peter Boyle (fun as 'Mr Moon', an obvious reference to Chapman's pal and Who drummer Keith who was originally planned to appear in this and 'The Odd Job').As a plot-driven comedy, it falls pretty short, but has its share of funny and inspired moments (I particularly like the candles in the hair, the man with his foot nailed to the ship's deck, and Peter Bull's turn as Queen Anne).The one element I find out of place is Cheech and Chong, who I simply don't like and can't figure out.Yellowbeard, viewed together with the other Python films, falls short of Life of Brian and Holy Grail, but sits comfortably alongside The Missionary and Jabberwocky.In fact it is probably closer to Jabberwocky than any of the others.A nice touch, too, is that the ship is the MGM Bounty, which has its own associations and memories.Ultimately a nice way to remember the late Python genius.