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The working titles of this film were Swords Against the Mast and Barbarossa. The film opens with the following written foreword: "Since man's earliest venturings upon the Oceans-Into the icy breakers of the North-Or the warm waters of the Golden Gulf...Have come down wondrous tales of Raiders of the Seven Seas. Barbarossa was one of them...Sailing recklessly through the Seventeenth Century, from India's Ocean to the Carribees. Today, he still lives in hundreds of legends...This is one." Although the viewed print was complete, production and cast credits were unclear. Production credits were confirmed by the cutting continuity in copyright records. Barbarossa, also known as Redbeard, was a 16th century pirate and Ottoman admiral whose real name was Khayr ad-Din.