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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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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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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

Sylvester: Wait a minute. Why are you in such a sweat to get rid of it now?
Featherhead: 'Cause I'm smarter than you are, and I'm only an idiot.
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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

Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) 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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Those were the days...
12 January 2002 | by daninthemixSee all my reviews

One of an increasingly rare breed of cinema - a comedy that actually makes you laugh, and as the fella above says, without relying on smut or toilet humour, but pure comic genius delivered with finesse by Bob Hope and the rest of the supporting cast. P and the P manages to also deliver a top of the range swashbuckling adventure which immerses you within minutes and keeps you there until the end.

The Princess and the Pirate is a charming example of how comedies used to be - and is as infinitely watchable now as I can only assume it was then (me being all of 20 at time of writing!). It is certainly as delightful as when I first saw it at age 10 or so, with none of the cheesiness or insincerity that becomes apparent with many childhood favourites when I revisit them years later. And that, I suppose, is the definition of the word 'timeless'.


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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)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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