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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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

Cole Porter was asked to write the songs for the movie, and he did on the condition that he could change the name of the Pirate (who was named Estramundo in the play) to Macoco - the name of a friend of Porter's whose nickname was Mack the Black. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Serafin: [standing by the noose] Usually for our opening I perform a rope trick, but tonight under the circumstances, I will skip the rope.
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Mack the Black
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Judy Garland
Danced by Gene Kelly
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So much fun.
20 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There aren't many films you can call pure entertainment, but The Pirate is certainly one of them. It takes a common plot line that is totally predictable, but it is so much fun to watch two of Hollywood's greatest musical actors together on screen that you don't care about the plot. Judy Garland is ravishing as the sheltered Manuela, who is doomed and forced to marry a man she doesn't love, Don Pedro. Then, along comes Gene Kelly as a two-bit actor who falls for Manuela and tricks her, along with the entire Caribbean village, into thinking he is the notorious pirate Macoco, AKA Mack the Black. Stylishly directed by Vincente Minnelli, and wonderfully choreographed, this is one of the better musicals during MGM's golden age of musical productions. Everything here is quite campy, especially Kelly's performance, which is so over the top and outrageous, you won't know whether to laugh or cringe. Take it as pure fun and entertainment. This is a great musical with some good numbers, phenomenal dancing, and two really good looking actors at the top of their game. The Pirate is so much fun.


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