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The Princess and the Pirate (1944)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 1944 (UK)
A cowardly actor and a runaway princess are voyaging on a ship that is captured by a notorious pirate who recently buried his treasure on a secretly mapped island.

Directors:

David Butler, Sidney Lanfield (uncredited)

Writers:

Don Hartman (screen play), Melville Shavelson (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Sylvester
Virginia Mayo ... Margaret
Walter Brennan ... Featherhead
Walter Slezak ... La Roche
Victor McLaglen ... The Hook
Marc Lawrence ... Pedro
Hugo Haas ... Proprietor 'Bucket of Blood'
Maude Eburne ... Landlady
Adia Kuznetzoff Adia Kuznetzoff ... Don José
Brandon Hurst ... Mr. Pelly
Tom Kennedy ... Alonzo
Stanley Andrews ... Captain 'Mary Ann'
Robert Warwick ... The King
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Storyline

Princess Margaret is travelling incognito to elope with her true love instead of marrying the man her father has betrothed her to. On the high seas, her ship is attacked by pirates who know her identity and plan to kidnap her and hold her for a king's ransom. Little do the cutthroats know that she will be rescued by that unlikeliest of knights errant, Sylvester the Great, who will lead them on a merry, and madcap, chase. Written by Alfred Jingle

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You'll get a load of laughs as you get a load of HOPE as a PIRATE


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1944 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sylvester, the Great See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,500,000, 31 December 1944
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel Goldwyn paid Paramount $133,500 to borrow Bob Hope for twelve weeks. During that time, Hope made this film and They Got Me Covered (1943). As part of the deal, Paramount also got the services of Goldwyn contractee Gary Cooper for the lead in "For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)." See more »

Goofs

When The Hook's ship is attacking The Mary Ann, it is flying the Skull & Crossbones. Soon after that it is seen being raised. See more »

Quotes

Featherhead: You can't miss him. He looks just like me. He's twice as smart as I am.
Sylvester: Oh, a half-wit, huh?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Many, many years ago there sailed the Seven Seas the most bloodthirsty buccaneer in history. Ruthless and daring he was, and, though his soul was black with foul deeds, he feared no creature, living or dead.

Because he had an iron claw for a right hand, this terror of the ocean lanes was known as . . .

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Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 27 August 2009 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss Me in the Moonlight
by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson
Performed by Virginia Mayo (dubbed by Louanne Hogan) (uncredited)
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Top-notch Hope comedy, one of his best
9 August 2004 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

Bob Hope and Virginia Mayo star in this hilarious comedy about a tenth-rate actor who gets mixed up with beautiful women, corrupt politicians, pirates and treasure maps. Hope really looks like he's enjoying himself, and when you get a load of Virginia Mayo, you'll see why. She has never looked more ravishing--the gorgeous Technicolor photography actually works better for her than it did for Maureen O'Hara, who was known as "The Queen of Technicolor"--and shows an unexpected flair for comedy. Victor McLaglen seems to be having a blast as the evil pirate The Hook, Walter Slezak plays the crooked governor in another one of his fine oily villain performances, and Walter Brennan is a scream as a crazed pirate who takes a shine to Hope. Some hilarious comic routines--especially one where Hope pretends to be The Hook--and several surprisingly good action scenes, which you don't often see in comedies, make this one of Hope's best pictures without Bing Crosby (well, for the most part). Don't miss it.


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