The Princess and the Pirate (1944)

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A cowardly actor and a runaway princess are voyaging on a ship that is captured by a notorious pirate who recently buried his treasure on a secretly mapped island.


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  • Virginia Mayo at an event for The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
  • Bob Hope and Walter Slezak in The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
  • Bob Hope in The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
  • Bob Hope and Virginia Mayo in The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
  • Walter Brennan, Bob Hope, and Virginia Mayo in The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
  • Bob Hope and Virginia Mayo in The Princess and the Pirate (1944)

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2 May 2012 | csteidler
8
| Colorful pirate comedy is never serious for a second
Victor McLaglen is the Hook, much-feared pirate captain. Walter Brennan is Featherhead, slightly crazy pirate crew member who is craftier than anyone thinks. Their ship captures another carrying our two main characters: Virginia Mayo as Princess Margaret, dressed as a commoner and sailing away secretly to meet her fiancé, and…

Bob Hope as "Sylvester the Great, the Man of Seven Faces": a sort of traveling vaudeville entertainer whose show includes dancing and disguises. "My act is known all over Europe," he exclaims. "That's why I'm going to America."

Lots of great jokes in this big Technicolor swashbuckler filled with music and action. McLaglen has an absolute ball as the pirate captain; Walter Slezak is almost as good as a corrupt island governor who is the Hook's political counterpart and sometime business partner.

Virginia Mayo is charming and quite funny and holds her own in the many scenes that she shares with Bob Hope; they make a cute pair, as he does the fast talking and she laughs at him and together they plot to escape their unhealthy predicament. Hope himself is at his wacky best—his disguises include an old gypsy woman and a Hook lookalike and his wisecracks fly past at a furious pace. (Mayo: "Who's that at the door?" Hope: "It ain't opportunity, I'm getting outa here.")

Very funny and brimful of color and energy. And the final scene is a classic… "This is the last picture I make for Goldwyn!"

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