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The Pirate (1948)

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A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco. A traveling singer falls in love with her and to impress her he poses as the pirate.

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Serafin
Walter Slezak ...
Don Pedro Vargas
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Aunt Inez
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The Advocate
George Zucco ...
The Viceroy
The Nicholas Brothers ...
Specialty Dance
Lester Allen ...
Uncle Capucho
Lola Deem ...
Isabella
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Mercedes
Mary Jo Ellis ...
Lizarda
Jean Dean ...
Casilda
Marion Murray ...
Eloise
Ben Lessy ...
Gumbo
Jerry Bergen ...
Bolo
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A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco. A traveling singer falls in love with her and to impress her he poses as the pirate. Written by R. Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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The great MGM musical romance


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Release Date:

11 June 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kalóz  »

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Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,956,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The 1948 film's musical production final sequence, "Be a Clown", composed by Cole Porter, featured the acrobatic and dancing talents of the Nicholas Brothers, Fayard and Harold, with Gene Kelly. Gene Kelly choreographed the dance number. Judy Garland (Manuela) joins Gene Kelley's (Serafin) act and the film ends with the two of them singing a reprise of "Be a Clown." The dance sequence was the first time The Nicholas Brothers had danced onscreen with a Caucasian, while it was Kelly's insistence that they perform with him. The Nicholas Brothers were the ones punished. When released to the feature movie theater circuit distribution, this Nicholas Brothers sequence was deleted by MGM when screened in the Southern States, such as Memphis, because it featured black performers, the result of racial bigotry in the South. Only in the Northern States' movie theaters, were audiences allowed to view the entire end production presentation. Essentially blackballed, Fayard and Harold moved to Europe and did not return until the mid-60's making a comeback appearance on the ABC TV variety show "The Hollywood Palace" hosted by Roy Rogers and Trigger, (#2.22, air date 27 Feb 1965). See more »

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When Serafin trips one of the fleeing guards with his whip, a white donkey crosses between them. A thin wire can be seen attached to the animal's halter to guide it. See more »

Quotes

Manuela: [while hypnotized] Underneath this prim exterior, there are depths of emotion, romantic longings... Underneath this prim exterior, there are depths of emotion, romantic longings...
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Nina
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Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Gene Kelly
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The Pirate
2 July 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

When i first saw this movie as a kid i absolutely loved it i own it now on video and it gets better with each viewing, the chemistry between Judy Garland and Gene Kelly is electrifying the pirate dance sequence is excellent along with the Mack the Black number, on some reviews people kept commenting about the paleness of the character as it being set in the Caribbean, well since it was made in the 1940's it was common to place white actors in such roles Jeanne Crain in Pinky. If people can look beyond this they would see a truly original film taking a poke at swashbuckling films of that period. I gave a 10 because i truly believe this film should be up there along with Meet me in St, Louis and Singing in the Rain. I hope they bring this out on DVD soon with lots of extras as my video is warring with over use.


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