Barry Tarberry, a corrupt Wall Street businessman hiding from the FBI on a Caribbean island run by a flashy dictator, agrees to help ghost pirate Black Jack Savage save 100 lives to avoid hell. First, they must bust a local crime ring.


Kim Manners


James Wong (created by), Glen Morgan (created by) | 2 more credits »


Episode complete credited cast:
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Barry Tarberry
Stoney Jackson ... Black Jack Savage
Roma Downey ... Danielle St. Clair
Bert Rosario ... Governor General Abel Vasquez
Steve Hytner ... Logan 'FX' Murphy
Tobin Bell ... Tony Gianini
Roya Megnot Roya Megnot ... Reya Montenegro
Sami Chester Sami Chester ... Jean Paul (as SaMi Chester)
Veronica Lauren ... Brigette
Ed Amatrudo ... Diggs Munroe
W. Paul Bodie W. Paul Bodie ... Napolean Bird
Joe Hess Joe Hess ... Bobby Neusel
Marc Macaulay ... Quick Cunningham




Barry Tarberry, a notoriously greedy, womanizing, corrupt, blond NYC businessman on the run from U.S. authorities, buys a castle in a fictional Caribbean island nation run by a flashy dictator whom he bribes to get an asylum. The castle turns out to be haunted by the legendary pirate Black Jack Savage who explains to Barry that if he can help him save 100 lives, they might both achieve redemption and avoid going to hell for their sins. Their first mission is to bust a local crime ring and rescue a female activist that Barry is attracted to while also dealing with two sleazy bondsmen and demons from hell who are after Savage. Barry also recruits a tech and weapons expert, Logan 'FX' Murphy, to help them in their task. Some actors from the show's pilot, including the actor playing Black Jack Savage himself, were recast for episode two and the rest of the series.

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Action and Humor as done best by Stephen J. Cannell
26 October 2018 | by pensmanSee all my reviews

This was the pilot for a proposed action series under the Disney banner and written by Stephen J. Cannell. The Cannell touch is clearly evident. A duo of would be heroes, Barry Tarberry (Daniel Hugh Kelly) and Black Jack Savage (Stoney Jackson) who are assisted by a nerd genius, Logan "FX" Murphy (Steve Hytner) strive to get the bad guys. Tarberry is an American financier whose questionable deals have forced him to flee the country one step ahead of the Feds. And once he takes refuge on a Caribbean island by bribing the President, Tarberry also has to dodge the bounty hunters hired by the bail bondsman that Tarberry stiffed of $500,000. Tarberry discovers the castle he purchased is haunted by the ghost of Black Jack Savage. The two form an unlikely partnership for their own reasons. Kelly is perfect as the handsome hero who has a smidgen of the coward to overcome. Jackson is terrific as the hip 300 year old ghost who has to redeem himself by saving a hundred lives or he will be sent to Hell. Since this was the premise for a series, the movie has much exposition to fill in the background and present the raison detre. The made for TV movie is fun and should be put on a DVD along with the six episodes of the series. It's too bad this didn't click but audiences may have passed on this as a retrofit of Riptide with one of the good guys as a ghost. Regardless, this movie is entertaining with enough action with comedy to appeal to a large audience, but it didn't.

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