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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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Cast

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Don Pedro Vargas
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Aunt Inez
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The Advocate
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The Viceroy
Fayard Nicholas ...
Specialty Dancer
Harold Nicholas ...
Specialty Dancer
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Uncle Capucho
Lola Deem ...
Isabella
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Mercedes
Mary Jo Ellis ...
Lizarda
Jean Dean ...
Casilda
Marion Murray ...
Eloise
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Gumbo
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Storyline

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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The great MGM musical romance See more »


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Release Date:

11 June 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pirata  »

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

Two songs written by Cole Porter for Judy Garland were revised in the release print. Judy's first rendition of "Love of My Life", which included the verse, was not used. However, on the MGM Records soundtrack album, listeners heard Garland's initial prerecording. Also dropped from the movie was the original "Mack the Black", intended as the curtain-raiser. In the revamped version transferred to midway, replacing the feverish Garland-Gene Kelly "Voodoo" number, Cole Porter's somewhat violent "Mack the Black" lyrics, including a reference to killing babies, were toned down. A portion of the original "Mack the Black" footage with Garland can be viewed in the trailer. The three discarded prerecordings, along with the two final takes heard in the picture, are included on Rhino's soundtrack CD. See more »

Goofs

When Manuela's hat is blown off by ocean breeze, wire pulling it are clearly seen. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Inez: Capucho, I want you to listen carefully: Bolt the front door and don't let anyone in. You understand?
Uncle Capucho: [nods] My dear, If I may make a suggestion?
Aunt Inez: Yes.
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Connections

Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Mack the Black
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Judy Garland
Danced by Gene Kelly
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A pirate's treasure of a film...highly enjoyable...
13 April 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Vincent Minnelli makes sumptuous use of color, costumes and settings in this lush MGM musical teaming Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in their prime. The score may not be one of Cole Porter's best (in fact, Garland expressed her open dislike to the composer for some of her numbers), but just watch her do magic with 'Mack the Black' and 'Love of My Life'. To be honest, it's really Kelly's movie. Garland was having problems at the time and Minnelli decided to give him ample opportunity with additional dance numbers excluding Garland. However, their teaming in 'Be A Clown' is a joyous one, each trying to upstage the other in full exhuberance. And the Nicholas Brothers are worth the price of admission for their climactic routine with Kelly. Gladys Cooper, as always, is a joy in a supporting role as Garland's stern aunt--but it's the comic flair of Kelly that distinguishes much of the fun. Walter Slezak has fun too with his role as the mayor who just happens to be the real Mack the Black. A colorful treat with some of the best color photography ever! Some of the fights between Kelly and Garland get a little strident at times, but overall it's a real gem with Judy showing that her comic timing with a line was just about perfect.


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