The Princess and the Pirate

Overview

In his second film for producer Sam Goldwyn, Bob Hope is felicitously teamed with luscious Goldwyn contractee Virginia Mayo. Hope plays Sylvester the Great, a two-bit entertainer "touring" the West Indies in the 18th century. Mayo is Princess Margaret, who is kidnapped by a rough, tough buccaneer known only as The Hook Victor McLaglen. Through a series of unbelievable circumstances, Sylvester rescues Margaret, and the two of them pose as travelling troubadors in a treacherous Pirate colony, where people are ...
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Overview

In his second film for producer Sam Goldwyn, Bob Hope is felicitously teamed with luscious Goldwyn contractee Virginia Mayo. Hope plays Sylvester the Great, a two-bit entertainer "touring" the West Indies in the 18th century. Mayo is Princess Margaret, who is kidnapped by a rough, tough buccaneer known only as The Hook Victor McLaglen. Through a series of unbelievable circumstances, Sylvester rescues Margaret, and the two of them pose as travelling troubadors in a treacherous Pirate colony, where people are stabbed and dumped in the ocean for nonpayment of rent and other such offenses. Disguising himself as The Hook, Sylvester is befriended by corrupt colonial governor La Roche Walter Slesak, but only until the real Hook shows up. Things look bleak for Sylvester and Margaret, but salvation is on the way-as well as a surprising romantic denoument, when a "bit player from Paramount" guess who? shows up to steal the Princess away from Sylvester "Boy, this is the last picture I make for Goldwyn!" No fewer than six writers teamed up for this Technicolor extravaganza, which though not as consistently hilarious as other Hope farces still holds up beautifully. The best performance is offered by Walter Brennan as an addled pirate named Featherhead, a character right out of a Tex Avery cartoon!
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Technicolor is glorious in The Princess and the Pirate, and the sets and costumes are quite lovely and lavish -- so who cares if the screenplay isn't any great shakes? Besides, this is a Bob Hope vehicle, so there's nothing really needed except a script that lets the star do his thing, right? If that's your thinking, Pirate will be right up your alley, and deservedly so. Hope is highlighted at every twist and turn, supplied with a ready string of one-liners and comebacks that may not always be gems but which Hope bats so well that they score much more often than they really deserve to. And though it's entirely his show, the star comic is aided by a delightful supporting cast. As his love interest, Virginia Mayo proves that she was made for sumptuous color photography. Walter Brennan is wildly amusing as an over-the-top pirate chum, and Victor McLaglen chews scenery in the most engaging fashion as the villainous pirate that sets things in motion. David Butler's direction is smooth and efficient, if not necessarily distinctive. But then there's that screenplay, which in addition to being slapdash and unconvincing, stops too often to allow the swashbuckling elements to come into play: it's not that kind of picture, and instead of just dropping them in and quickly moving on, a bit too much time is spent on them. Still, Pirate is an amusing way to pass the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/1994
  • UPC: 026359066634
  • Original Release: 1944
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Sylvester Crosby/"Sylvester the Great"
Virginia Mayo Princess Margaret/"Margaret Warbrook"
Walter Brennan Featherhead
Walter Slezak Gov. La Roche
Victor McLaglen The Hook
Hugo Haas Cafe Owner
Marc Lawrence Pedro
Maude Eburne "Boar's Head Inn" Landlady
Adia Kuznetzoff Don Jose
Brandon Hurst Mr. Pelly
Tom Kennedy Alonzo
Stanley Andrews Captain of The Mary Ann
Robert Warwick The King
Ernie S. Adams Citizen
Richard Alexander Holdup Man
Betty Alexander Goldwyn Girl
Ted Billings
Al Bridge Pirate
Betty Caldwell
Jack Carr Bartender
Alma Carroll
Vic Christy
Ralph Dunn Murderous Pirate
James Flavin Naval Officer
Francis Ford Drunken Pirate
Stewart Garner
Bobby Hale Citizen
Rondo Hatton Gorilla Man
Dutch Hendrian Heckler
Weldon Heyburn Palace Guard
Al Hill Pirate
William Hunter
Colin Kenny First Mate Mary Ann
Mike Mazurki Pirate
Art Miles
Lillian Molieri
Frank Moran
Kay Morley
Edward Peil Sr. Palace Guard
Dick Rich Pirate
Bert Roach Drunken Pirate's Companion
Constantine Romanoff
Edwin Stanley Captain of the King's Ship
Sammy Stein Black Jack Thug
Ray Teal Guard
Tom Tyler Lieutenant
Ruth Valmy Handmaiden
Crane Whitley Soldier
Technical Credits
David Butler Director
R.O. Binger Special Effects
Allen Boretz Screenwriter
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Ernst Fegte Art Director
Everett Freeman Screenwriter
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Don Hartman Producer, Screenwriter
Curtis Kenyon Screenwriter
Dan Mandell Editor
Victor Milner Cinematographer
David Rose Score Composer
Melville Shavelson Screenwriter
Clarence Slifer Special Effects
William Snyder Cinematographer
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