Dancing Pirate (1936)

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The story of a Boston dance teacher who gets shanghaied by buccaneers who might make his next steps be off the plank!



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Complete credited cast:
Charles Collins ...
Jonathan Pride
Mayor Don Emilio Perena
Steffi Duna ...
Serafina Perena
Luis Alberni ...
Pamfilo (the Jailer)
Victor Varconi ...
Don Balthazar (Monterey Captain of the Guards)
Lt. Chago (Baltazar's Aide)
Alma Real ...
Blanca (Serafina's Maid)
William V. Mong ...
Tecolote (Old Indian)
Mitchell Lewis ...
Pirate Chief
Julian Rivero ...
John Eberts ...
The Royal Cansino Dancers ...


The story of a Boston dance teacher who gets shanghaied by buccaneers who might make his next steps be off the plank!

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The first dancing musical in 100% new Technicolor






Release Date:

22 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dansande piraten  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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While this was the third feature film released in 3-strip Technicolor, it does not seem to survive in that form. Only incomplete 35mm negatives are known to exist, plus 16mm prints made in the 2-color Cinecolor process. See more »


When You're Dancing the Waltz
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Charles Collins, Steffi Duna and chorus
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A Forgotten L.A. Movie
23 February 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The Dancing Pirate is worth watching for a several reasons: the over-the-top early Technicolor hues, the spectacular finale featuring the Royal Cansino Dancers (including a young Rita Hayworth) and a very small appearance at the beginning of the movie by Pat Ryan, later to be Pat Nixon. But more than these things, I like The Dancing Pirate as a forgotten movie about Los Angeles. The movie depicts a Boston dance teacher kidnapped by pirates who escapes into the sleepy Alta California village of La Paloma.

This is an obvious adaptation of the real-life story of Joseph Chapman. Chapman, originally from Boston, deserted Hippolyte de Bouchard's piratical coastal raiding party to become the first yanqui resident of Los Angeles in 1818. Chapman, like the character in the movie, became a solid citizen of the little pueblo. Unlike the character in the movie, there's no historical evidence that Chapman could dance, however.

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