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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.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Albert Hackett (screenplay), Frances Goodrich (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Garland ... Manuela
Gene Kelly ... Serafin
Walter Slezak ... Don Pedro Vargas
Gladys Cooper ... Aunt Inez
Reginald Owen ... The Advocate
George Zucco ... The Viceroy
Fayard Nicholas ... Specialty Dancer
Harold Nicholas ... Specialty Dancer
Lester Allen ... Uncle Capucho
Lola Deem Lola Deem ... Isabella
Ellen Ross ... Mercedes
Mary Jo Ellis Mary Jo Ellis ... Lizarda
Jean Dean Jean Dean ... Casilda
Marion Murray Marion Murray ... Eloise
Ben Lessy ... 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

saber | theater | pirate | singer | hoop | See All (148) »

Taglines:

The great MGM musical romance See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pirata See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,956,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Arguments, conflict and "creative differences" between husband and wife Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli during the prolonged production of this film reputedly played a part in their getting divorced after its completion. The fact that it was a rare box office dud amid a string of hit movies in Garland's late 1940s career further complicated matters. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1830. Manuela's trousseau is labeled "Maison Worth, Paris". The Maison Worth couturier house did not exist until circa 1860. See more »

Quotes

Manuela: If I didn't laugh I should be very annoyed.
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Be a Clown
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Gene Kelly
Danced by Gene Kelly and The Nicholas Brothers
Also performed by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland
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A pirate's treasure of a film...highly enjoyable...
13 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee 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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