7.0/10
4,009
60 user 44 critic

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 »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Summer Stock (1950)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A small-town farmer, down on her luck, finds her homestead invaded by a theatrical troupe invited to stay by her ne'er-do-well sister.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken
Musical | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two vaudeville performers fall in love, but find their relationship tested by the arrival of WWI.

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Judy Garland, George Murphy, Gene Kelly
The Clock (1945)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1945, during a 48-hour leave, a soldier accidentally meets a girl at Pennsylvania Station and spends his leave with her, eventually falling in love with the lovely New Yorker.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two turn-of-the-century baseball players, who work in vaudeville during the off-season, run into trouble with their team's new female owner and a gambler who doesn't want them to win the pennant.

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly
Easter Parade (1948)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford
Comedy | Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On a train trip West to become a mail-order bride, Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women travelling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle-stop.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, John Hodiak
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In turn-of-the century America, Andrew and Veronica are co-workers in a music shop who dislike one another during working hours but unwillingly carry on an anonymous romance through the mail.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. Sakall
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Small-town Indiana girl Lily Mars dreams to be a stage actress. She begs visiting Broadway producer John Thornway for a role but he dismisses her as an amateur. She follows him to New York and worms her way into his show, and his heart.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Judy Garland, Van Heflin, Fay Bainter
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The late, great impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. looks down from Heaven and ordains a new revue in his grand old style.

Directors: Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, and 5 more credits »
Stars: William Powell, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly
Brigadoon (1954)
Certificate: Passed Fantasy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse
On the Town (1949)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Stars: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett
Edit

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
Edit

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:

The great MGM musical romance See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pirata See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Arguments, conflict and "creative differences" between husband and wife Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli during the prolonged production of this film reputedly played a part in their getting divorced after its completion. The fact that it was a rare box office dud amid a string of hit movies in Garland's late 1940s career further complicated matters. See more »

Goofs

When Serafin is dancing to "Nina" one of the dancer's loses her flower in her hair. It is visible on the gazebo floor in one shot, then it's gone and reappears in her hair in a later part of the dance routine. See more »

Quotes

Serafin: Boys, here is my last cigar. Divide it among you.
See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) See more »

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Be A Clown, Be A Pirate, Be A Clown
1 April 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Gene Kelly and Judy Garland stepped into some mighty big shoes when they accepted the lead roles in The Pirate. On Broadway, The Pirate ran in the 1942-43 season for 177 performances and the shoes that Kelly and Garland were filling belonged to Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne. True it's probably one of the lighter vehicles that Lunt and Fontanne ever did, still it might have been interesting to compare what they did with the snappy dialog of S.N. Behrmann.

Cole Porter signed on to write the score for this musical adaption of The Pirate. Porter had been in a creative dry spell for a few years, most notoriously he was associated with a flop musical based on Around The World In 80 Days, a couple of years back. Believe it or not, he was having trouble getting work in Hollywood and on Broadway when he signed with MGM for The Pirate.

According to the George Eells biography of Porter, it was Gene Kelly who asked Porter to write a clown number for him and Judy Garland. Porter responded with Be A Clown which turned out to be the hit of the film. The rest of the score is not top drawer Porter, but mediocre Cole Porter is better than most songwriters can come up with.

Judy Garland plays another starry eyed youngster in The Pirate which is set in the 18th century Caribbean. She's first seen reading what would later be called a dime novel about the legendary Makoko the Pirate. She's getting into an arranged marriage with the mayor of the town, staid and settled Walter Slezak. When a troupe of strolling players led by Gene Kelly come to town, under hypnosis she reveals that she longs to be the bride of Makoko. What's Gene Kelly to do, but pretend to be Makoko.

That's all well and good except that Walter Slezak is the real Makoko now just trying to live in peaceful obscurity away from the authorities who want to hang him. All this leads to some interesting complications that of course get all sorted out in the end.

Judy gets to do two ballads in her unmistakable style, Love Of My Life and You Can Do No Wrong. And she stars in a rousing production number where the proclaims her enchantment with the legendary Makoko in Mack The Black.

The film got a tepid response in 1948, it's given far better critical notice in retrospect. The Pirate was produced by MGM's legendary Arthur Freed and his unit and directed stylishly by Vincent Minnelli who was Judy Garland's husband at the time. Today's audiences would far better appreciate the combined wit of S.N. Behrmann and Cole Porter.

As for Porter, his next writing assignment would stop all talk of his going into decline. The following year Kiss Me Kate debuted on Broadway which was Porter's biggest critical and commercial success. No one ever said that score wasn't up to his usual standard.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 60 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed