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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Manuela
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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pirate | love | singer | barber | kiss | See more »

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The great MGM musical romance


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Approved | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 June 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pirate  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,956,000 (USA)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Goofs

When Serafin is dancing to "Nina" one of the dancer's loses her flower in her hair. It is visible on the gazebo floor in one shot, then it's gone and reappears in her hair in a later part of the dance routine. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Inez: [after Manuela pretends to be hypnotized again] Oh, Manuela, not again!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Love of My Life
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Judy Garland
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A classic I never tire of watching.
9 February 2000 | by (Columbia, South Carolina) – See all my reviews

I was a kid when I first saw "The Pirate." So I missed many of the nuances in this incredibly glorious farce. Garland and Kelly have never been funnier. Though the songs are few, the production numbers are astounding. Garland, of course, sounds incredible and Kelly does at least three long dance numbers that make for wonderful watching. Viewers must remember that the whole movie is a put-on to some degree, and the stars put it over marvelously. Great support, too, from Walter Slezak and Gladys Cooper. This is one of those films that validate the phrase "glorious technicolor." It also adds lustre to the memory of the golden age of MGM musicals.


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