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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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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 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 »

Goofs

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

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.32 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Pirate Ballet
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter, Roger Edens and Conrad Salinger
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Unusual and endearing swashbuckler
28 March 2001 | by (United States) – 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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