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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) »

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Treasure Chest Of Magic See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the MGM 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain (1952), the song "Make 'Em Laugh" was plagiarized (by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed) from "Be a Clown" although Cole Porter did not make a complaint. Both films were MGM productions and starred Gene Kelly, who appeared in the "Make "Em Laugh" segment (but did not sing) while the song was sung and performed by Donald O'Connor. See more »

Goofs

When Serafin is walking the tightrope to Manuela's balcony, the support wires can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Don Pedro Vargas: Macoco!
[comes up to the Serafin's stage, angrily]
Don Pedro Vargas: I've had enough of this! This marionette strutting around for pretending to be the black Macoco, you think a runt like that could handle a crew of cutthroats? You think real men would risk their necks to serve under him? If you want to worship Macoco, then worship me! It was I, who was the terror of the caribbean, the most feared and hated men who ever sailed a ship! At the mere mention of my name, armed fleets who slinked into harbors, whole ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in The Men Who Made the Movies: Vincente Minnelli (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can Do No Wrong
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Judy Garland
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Excellent musical, very different to most others
12 July 2004 | by canfordcliffs2010See all my reviews

The first 20mins of this movie are a bit slow but once Judy launches into 'Mack The Black' it takes off at an incredible speed. Garland and Kelly are wonderful with their tongue-in-cheek characters,especially funny is the scene where they have a huge row, judy throwing things at gene.

I find it a bit hard to believe that judy is this Spanish/Caribbean woman, could they not have used a little self tan? Most of the numbers are excellent although Minnelli gets a little self indulgent with his style at times.

This is enjoyable as it is rather satirical and doesn't contain any corny well used plots like many musicals of the time, however this is not as good as judy and gene's first outing 'for me and my gal'.

It's a pity the first take of 'voodoo' isn't available, the one that made LB Mayer burn the film and gave gene a massive lecture on how to behave whilst dancing, it probably wouldn't be so shocking today.

Not as good as classics such as 'meet me in st louis' and 'singin in the rain' but still ***** 5 stars.


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