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"The Pirate" (1948) Starring Gene Kelly And Judy Garland: Misfire Or Classic?

By Blythe-spindler Richardson

With the star power of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, a riotous score by Cole Porter, sensational choreography, and truly eye-popping Technicolor, on paper Vincente Minnelli’s The Pirate has all of the trappings of the smash hit musicals of the Golden Era, though went on to be an example that this mathematical equation to success in the film industry was not as predictable as it appeared. As a reinterpretation of S.N Behrman’s play by the same title, which poked fun at the tropes of the swashbuckler genre, the film traipses into the less traversed waters of satire, actively differentiating from the mainstream musical narratives of the time arguably to a fault. Despite being one of Minelli’s most notorious box office flops and having been eroded from cultural consciousness unlike its cinematic relatives such as An American in Paris or Meet Me in St. Louis,

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