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The Pirate
The Pirate
Actors: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2007     1hr 42min

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.

     

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Actors: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Creators: Harry Stradling Sr., Blanche Sewell, Arthur Freed, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Joseph Than, S.N. Behrman
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Swashbucklers, Romantic Comedies, Musicals
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/24/2007
Original Release Date: 06/11/1948
Theatrical Release Date: 06/11/1948
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 15
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French

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Movie Reviews

A Forgotten Jewel In The Crown
Gary F. Taylor | Biloxi, MS USA | 11/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of Hollywood's most entertaining yet most frequently overlooked "golden age" musicals, The Pirate is the story of a naive young woman (Garland) who fantasizes about being kidnapped and ravished by a dashing pirate--and who is duped by a traveling player (Kelly) into believing that he is himself the pirate of her dreams.The complex script is extremely witty, and both Garland and Kelly play their roles with sly and often truly neurotic humor. While the script would hold up on its own, Cole Porter's score adds considerable excitement with such standards as "Be A Clown" and "You Can Do No Wrong," as well as number of lesser-known but no less entrancing songs. The choreography, largely created by Kelly, is remarkably inventive, and director Vincent Minnelli's visuals are fascinating, rich, and often startling in their unexpected beauty.At present The Pirate is out of print--find it if you can, for if you're a fan of "golden age" musicals, you'll call it a keeper."
Pirate's Brilliance Stolen by Critics and Skeptics
A. J. Jewler | Columbia, SC | 06/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After reading more than 20 A+ reviews of this 56-year-old film, I wonder why WB Home Video is taking so long to bring it to DVD. They have released a bevy of inferior MGM musicals, but the best of the best is still on their wait list. I have a tape copied off TCM, but I long for the crisp beauty and color of a DVD version of this masterpiece. I just celebrated my 70th birthday. Wonder if I'll live to own the DVD."
The Pirate Should Be On DVD!
Gary F. Taylor | 08/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Pirate starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly is a wonderful musical and the singing and dancing by the two leads is excellent and I wonder why this movie hasn't been put on DVD yet and I think it's about time it got the DVD treatment! I have this movie on video but the tape is in really bad condition with several scenes that are so worn out they are unwatchable so a DVD would be very appreciated!"
Fabulous musical made during the prime of MGM
Pope | Wisconsin, United States | 01/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 1948 film starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly was not hailed by the critics or movie-going public with the same acclaim as "Meet Me In St. Louis," "The Harvey Girls," or "Summer Stock." In fact, it was the only Garland film to *lose* money during her 15 year tenure at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. But this movie is still fabulous. Garland and Kelly cannot disappoint. It's 55 years later and they're still a treat to watch. And what a great Cole Porter score! Although Garland was not in the greatest health at this time, just listening to her sing "Mack the Black" proves she's still got it. DO see this movie if you get a chance. Although it may not be up to par with other Garland works such as "St. Louis" and "Easter Parade," its worth a watch.

Currently out of print on VHS and yet to be released on DVD. It is airing on TCM as I write this review (1/1/03). The original soundtrack was released on CD years ago (now out of print), and several songs are available on a few Garland compilation albums from Turner/Rhino."