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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:

M-G-M's Big Beautiful Color by TECHNICOLOR Musical! 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

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The second of a projected four films that would have starred Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. the first was For Me And My Gal (1942), Kelly's first film appearance, the second was this film, the third would have been Easter Parade (1948) if Kelly hadn't broken his ankle and been replaced by Fred Astaire, and the fourth was Summer Stock (1950). See more »

Goofs

When Gene Kelly first shouts 'MACOCO' during the fight with Don Pedro, his mouth is wide open but he never moves it to make the third syllable of the word. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Inez: Capucho, I want you to listen carefully: Bolt the front door and don't let anyone in. You understand?
Uncle Capucho: [nods] My dear, If I may make a suggestion?
Aunt Inez: Yes.
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Connections

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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 classic I never tire of watching.
9 February 2000 | by jjewler1See all my reviews

I was a kid when I first saw "The Pirate." So I missed many of the nuances in this incredibly glorious farce. Garland and Kelly have never been funnier. Though the songs are few, the production numbers are astounding. Garland, of course, sounds incredible and Kelly does at least three long dance numbers that make for wonderful watching. Viewers must remember that the whole movie is a put-on to some degree, and the stars put it over marvelously. Great support, too, from Walter Slezak and Gladys Cooper. This is one of those films that validate the phrase "glorious technicolor." It also adds lustre to the memory of the golden age of MGM musicals.


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