Lenzi and the Lady Pirate

Swashbuckling with the Queen of the Seas

On Diabolique

The Mary Read of Umberto Lenzi’s Queen of the Seas bears a passing resemblance to her inspiration. Played with an impish twinkle by Lisa Gastoni, the film’s Mary Reade is a blonde beauty and notorious bandit who is more than willing to disguise herself a man in pursuit of some bit of criminal mischief but does not otherwise live under the guise of manhood.

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