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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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events depicted in this photoplay are entirely fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual events, is purely coincidental. 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

Sylvester: I work my brains out for nine reels, and some bit player from Paramount comes over and steals my girl. That's the last picture I'll ever make for Goldwyn!
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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 . . .

THE HOOK See more »

Connections

References Road to Morocco (1942) 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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A Bit Player From Paramount
30 March 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Princess and the Pirate finds Virginia Mayo taken prisoner by the infamous pirate the Hook played by Victor McLaglen. She's a princess who's run away to marry a commoner, a reverse on what had happened in the United Kingdom a few years back. Unfortunately the only help she can find is a ham actor who's running away from bad notices and bill collectors and he's none other than Bob Hope.

Hope did two films for Samuel Goldwyn and Goldwyn paid dear to Paramount for his services. Right after this film, success though it was, the price for Hope's services convinced Goldwyn he'd better sign a comedy star of his own as he had in the Thirties with Eddie Cantor. That was why Danny Kaye was brought over from New York to start his Hollywood career in Goldwyn's next film.

But The Princess and the Pirate turned out to be one of the biggest successes for both Sam Goldwyn and Bob Hope. Hope is really at the top of his game in this one. Virginia Mayo makes a perfect foil for Hope, it's a pity she didn't do more films with him. Walter Brennan plays an addled old pirate who's not quite as dumb as he lets everyone think he is and he and McLaglen compete with Hope for laughs.

The only one who looks like he's enjoying himself, but playing it very straight is crooked island governor Walter Slezak. He's got a working arrangement with McLaglen, but the two of them aren't above a little double cross.

Of course this is a Bob Hope movie and Hope manages to blunder his way through to survival. But as we learn he loses Mayo right at the end to a visiting bit player from Paramount.

Hope did make good on his word, he never did do another film for Goldwyn again. I guess he wanted to go out on a high note and The Princess and the Pirate is as high a comic note as Bob Hope ever struck in any of his films. Not to be missed by his legion of fans.


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