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The Pirate (1948)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Musical | 11 June 1948 (USA)
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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Mercedes
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Casilda
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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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11 June 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pirata  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,956,000
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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 film's musical production final sequence, "Be a Clown", composed by Cole Porter, featured the acrobatic and dancing talents of the Nicholas Brothers, with Gene Kelly, who choreographed the dance number. Judy Garland joins Kelly's 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-sixties making a comeback appearance on The Hollywood Palace (1964) hosted by Roy Rogers and Trigger. See more »

Goofs

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: I wish I had now. Now, will you get out of here?
Serafin: You won't come with me?
Manuela: No.
Serafin: Very well then.
[He goes through the window, turns to Manuela]
Serafin: You know, it isn't essential for you to love me to be in the troupe. It helps, but it isn't essential.
Manuela: Get out!
Serafin: [leaves to go out window] Good-bye.
Manuela: No, not that way! You'll kill yourself.
Serafin: You do care. You do care!
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can Do No Wrong
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Judy Garland
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Unusual and endearing swashbuckler
28 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film is an exciting offshoot of the old swashbucklers (with song and dance to boot). Consequently it has the adventurous, romantic elements of the old films as well as hilarious parodies of them. Garland sparkles -- she is spellbinding in the number Mack the Black. Kelly is in his prime and complements her beautifully, especially in the (rather one-sided) fight scene. Both Garland and Kelly grow out of their protagonist boundaries into character acting. Excellent dance numbers, especially Be A Clown with Kelly and the Nicholas Brothers.


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