The Pirate

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Overview

When Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne appeared in S. N. Behrmann's The Pirate on Broadway, there were no musical numbers whatsoever. But with Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in the leading roles of the 1948 filmization of The Pirate, the MGM production staff would have been drawn and quartered had there not been song after song. The story is merely serviceable: on a Caribbean isle in the early 19th century, sheltered young Garland comes to believe that travelling troubadour Kelly is in reality "Mack the Black," a ...
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Overview

When Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne appeared in S. N. Behrmann's The Pirate on Broadway, there were no musical numbers whatsoever. But with Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in the leading roles of the 1948 filmization of The Pirate, the MGM production staff would have been drawn and quartered had there not been song after song. The story is merely serviceable: on a Caribbean isle in the early 19th century, sheltered young Garland comes to believe that travelling troubadour Kelly is in reality "Mack the Black," a notorious pirate. Kelly realizes that the surest way to win Garland's heart is to impersonate the romantic buccaneer, and this is what he does--nearly getting himself hanged in the process. Cole Porter's marvelous score yielded only one bona-fide hit: "Be a Clown," which has practically nothing to do with the storyline, but do you care? Highlights include the magnificently staged "Mack the Black," a heady combination of Broadway glitz and Caligariesque nightmare. Seven MGM screenwriters toiled away on The Pirate, though only the team of Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich were credited. While The Pirate was not a huge moneymaker on its first release, it has since been embraced by the cultists, who apparently can never get enough of Judy Garland.
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Special Features

Commentary by historian John Fricke; New making-of featurette, vintage comedy short and cartoon; Mack the Black stereo remix version; Audio-only bonuses: song outtakes and Roger Edens guide track versions; Promotional radio interviews with Gene Kelly and Judy Garland; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Pirate is an entertaining example of the quality work brought to fruition at MGM by producer Arthur Freed. A favorite of Judy Garland fans, the film features a fine collection of Cole Porter songs, highlighted by the closing number, "Be a Clown."" There's little substance other than the musical numbers, and The Pirate sags somewhat when no one is singing or dancing. Though she portrays an innocent young girl unwise in the ways of love, Garland had lost some of her ability to convey Dorothy-like purity in the decade since The Wizard of Oz. Fortunately, her voice was still in full form. Gene Kelly is superb as usual, as is the well-chosen supporting cast. Freed would later loosely translate "Be a Clown" as "Make 'Em Laugh" in 1952's Singin' in the Rain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • UPC: 012569795228
  • Original Release: 1948
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Remastered / Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,459

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lester Allen Uncle Capucho
Judy Garland Manuela
Jerry Bergen Bolo
Gene Kelly Serafin
Walter Slezak Don Pedro Vargas
Gladys Cooper Aunt Inez
Jean Dean Casilda
Reginald Owen The Advocate
Lola Deem Isabella
George Zucco The Viceroy
Mary Jo Ellis Lizarda
Ben Lessy Gumbo
Marion Murray Eloise
Cully Richards Trillo
Ellen Ross Mercedes
Fayard Nicholas
Harold Nicholas
Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Robert Alton Choreography
S.N. Behrmann Screenwriter
Lillian Braun Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Lennie Hayton Musical Direction/Supervision
Barbara Karinska Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Kelly Choreography
Tom Keogh Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Anita Loos Screenwriter
Wilkie Mahoney Screenwriter
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Cole Porter Score Composer
Blanche Sewell Editor
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Joseph Than Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pirate
1. Credits [1:53]
2. Manuela's Intended [3:32]
3. Future Bride's Request [5:09]
4. Serafin the Great [3:06]
5. Nina (Song) [3:37]
6. Nina (Dance) [3:46]
7. Accosted by an Actor [4:57]
8. Her True Love [4:45]
9. Mack the Black [4:12]
10. Rude Awakening [2:02]
11. Unwelcome Visitor [3:05]
12. Tightrope Lover [3:33]
13. Cry Macoco [5:53]
14. Taking Charge [5:00]
15. Pirate Ballet [5:45]
16. Her Noble Sacrifice [6:01]
17. I Despise Actors [4:56]
18. Bric-A-Brac Breakage [3:08]
19. You Can Do No Wrong [2:31]
20. No Fooling the Viceroy [3:21]
21. Condemned Man's Request [5:34]
22. Be a Clown (1) [5:17]
23. Playing a Love Scene [3:36]
24. Love of My Life [2:22]
25. Footlight Confession [1:07]
26. Be a Clown (2) [3:10]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Pirate
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by John Fricke
      The Pirate: A Musical Treasure Chest
      You Can't Win
      Cat Fishin'
      Mack the Black Stereo Number
      Audio Outtakes
         Play All
         Love of My Life
         Mack the Black
         Voodoo
      Roger Edens' Guide Tracks
         Play All
         Be a Clown
         Manuela
         Nina
         Voodoo
         You Can Do No Wrong
      Radio Interviews
         Play All
         Gene Kelly for On the Town
         Judy Garland for The Pirate
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: Fran├žais
      Subtitles: Off
      Web Info
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun Musical Farce

    This film is a bit more than &quot a cultist&quot classic - in fact, it showcases the talents of Minelli, Kelly and Garland in their prime. Garland's comic timing, for which she was well known, is spot on. Kelly's athletic prowess (not to mention the obvious nod to Errol Flynn and John Garfield) is deliberately over-the-top but impressive. Minelli's wonderful set pieces are grand and meticulously rendered. Does it look like the typical Hollywood back-lot, over-produced extravaganza? Yes! But it's one of the best of the bunch.

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