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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  »

Box Office

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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Trivia

The S.M. Berman (author) Broadway comedy, in three acts, "The Pirate", produced by The Theatre Guild, had 177 performances featuring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, with a cast of 38. Scenic Designer was Lemuel Ayers, Costume Designer Miles White, with the costumes executed by Madam Barbara Karinska. Directed and staged by Alfred Lunt, the comedy was performed at the Martin Beck Theatre from November 25, 1942 through April 27, 1943. After filming "Meet Me In Saint Louis" for MGM, Minnelli and Garland vacationed in New York City; enamored with the comedy, Minnelli called the studio asking MGM to purchase "The Pirate" filming property rights for him. After investigating, MGM production office responded "we already own it!" Minnelli and Garland repeatedly attended the play's performances during their New York stay; with Minnelli inscribing sketches and notes of the sets, costumes, and production details. Returning to Culver City, Minnelli hired, bringing Madam Karinska to "Hollywood" to execute and duplicate all the original play's costumes. Not a costume illustrator, Karinska brought with her Tom Keog, a costume illustrator. In design meetings, the illustrator, with Karinska would discuss and develop Minnelli's costume design concepts. Minnelli had been a scenic designer for the "Radio City Music Hall" during the 1930s, prior to his Hollywood directorial career. Minnelli met with the MGM Art Department art directors designing all the stage sets. With Cole Porter composing the music, Minnelli turned the play into a musical comedy film for Judy Garland and Gene Kelley. See more »

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When Serafin is walking the tightrope to Manuela's balcony, the support wires can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Serafin: I can tell you your past, your present, and your future.
Manuela: You don't have to tell me my future; I know my future.
Serafin: Am I in it?
Manuela: No!
Serafin: Then you don't know your future.
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Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.34 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Pirate Ballet
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter, Roger Edens and Conrad Salinger
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What a pair of comedians!
2 August 1999 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Judy Garland may never have been so funny again (or had such a wonderfully over-the-top script to work with) as in "The Pirate." Her best scene by far comes toward the end, when she discovers that Gene Kelly is not the dashing pirate he's pretending to be. At first, she makes a great show of passion toward her "dream lover," but her temper soon snaps and Kelly is dodging everything from vases to chairs.

Kelly is also marvelous, both in his dancing and his comic delivery, which meshes perfectly with Garland's. My personal favorite: "Oh senorita, don't marry that pumpkin."

Not to be missed!


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