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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

Judy Garland was smoking four packs of cigarettes a day during filming. See more »

Goofs

When Gene Kelly first shouts 'MACOCO' during the fight with Don Pedro, his mouth is wide open but he never moves it to make the third syllable of the word. See more »

Quotes

Manuela: For the last time, I do not love you! I know you find it hard to believe, but I do not love you! Will you go away now?
Serafin: You know, it's not essential to love me to be in the troupe. It helps but it's not essential.
Manuela: Go away!
Serafin: [leaves to go out window] Fine. Good-bye!
Manuela: Not that way! You'll kill yourself.
Serafin: You do care, Manuela!
Manuela: No, I don't!
Serafin: Yes, you do! You love me! You love me!
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Featured in An Evening with Gene Kelly (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Mack the Black
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Judy Garland
Danced by Gene Kelly
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A Calculated Risk from MGM and Vincente Minnelli...
1 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE PIRATE was a definite departure from the typical fare MGM was churning out during the 40's and 50's and audiences let MGM know immediately that this was not the kind of thing they were accustomed to because, for the most part, audiences stayed away in droves, and sadly, missed one of the most colorful and imaginative offerings to come from the MGM stable. THE PIRATE was the second of three films that Judy Garland and Gene Kelly appeared in together. Judy delivers a smart comic performance as Manuela, a Spanish princess engaged to a rich and sleazy nobleman (Walter Slezak)though at night she dreams of being with an enigmatic pirate she has heard tales of called Macoco or Mack the Black. Manuela meets Serafin (Gene Kelly) an actor in a traveling troupe and mistakes him for Macoco and it is this bit of mistaken identity upon which the thin plot thread resolves. Vincente Minnelli once again shows his penchant and eye for color with some outstanding scenery and art direction, as well as some state of the art special effects for 1948. Despite looking frail, Garland delivers an on target comic performance as Manuela and her voice, in fine form as usual, resonates on the rousing "Mack the Black" and is equally compelling on the beautiful ballad "Love of My Life". Gene Kelly is at the peak of his on screen charm and physical and dancing prowess as the witty Serafin and makes the Pirate Ballet fantasy a must see for musical fans and it goes without saying that his duet with Garland, "Be a Clown" is a classic. Kelly also does an amazing dance number with the Nicholas Brothers. Vincente Minnelli's magical eye, the voice of Garland, the charisma of Kelly, and Cole Porter music...what else do you need?


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