The Pirate (1948)

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A girl is engaged to the local rich man, 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.




  • Gene Kelly in The Pirate (1948)
  • Judy Garland in The Pirate (1948)
  • Gene Kelly and Ellen Ross in The Pirate (1948)
  • Gene Kelly in The Pirate (1948)
  • Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in The Pirate (1948)
  • "The Pirate" Judy Garland 1948 MGM

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12 July 2004 | canfordcliffs2010
Excellent musical, very different to most others
The first 20mins of this movie are a bit slow but once Judy launches into 'Mack The Black' it takes off at an incredible speed. Garland and Kelly are wonderful with their tongue-in-cheek characters,especially funny is the scene where they have a huge row, judy throwing things at gene.

I find it a bit hard to believe that judy is this Spanish/Caribbean woman, could they not have used a little self tan? Most of the numbers are excellent although Minnelli gets a little self indulgent with his style at times.

This is enjoyable as it is rather satirical and doesn't contain any corny well used plots like many musicals of the time, however this is not as good as judy and gene's first outing 'for me and my gal'.

It's a pity the first take of 'voodoo' isn't available, the one that made LB Mayer burn the film and gave gene a massive lecture on how to behave whilst dancing, it probably wouldn't be so shocking today.

Not as good as classics such as 'meet me in st louis' and 'singin in the rain' but still ***** 5 stars.

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After filming Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) for MGM, Vincente Minnelli and Judy Garland vacationed in New York City; enamoured with the play, Minnelli called the studio asking MGM to purchase "The Pirate" filming property rights for him. After investigating, MGM production office responded "we already own it!" Minnelli and Garland repeatedly attended the play's performances during their New York stay; with Minnelli inscribing sketches and notes of the sets, costumes, and production details. Returning to Culver City, Minnelli hired, bringing Barbara Karinska to "Hollywood" to execute and duplicate all the original play's costumes. Not a costume illustrator, Karinska brought with her Tom Keogh, a costume illustrator. In design meetings, the illustrator, with Karinska would discuss and develop Minnelli's costume design concepts. Minnelli had been a scenic designer for the "Radio City Music Hall" during the 1930s, prior to his Hollywood directorial career. Minnelli met with the MGM Art Department art directors designing all the stage sets. With Cole Porter composing the music, Minnelli turned the play into a musical comedy film for Garland and Gene Kelly.


Manuela: The history of the pirate, Mack the Black Macoco... Macoco the dazzling, Macoco the tabulous, The hawk of the sea, the prince of pirates, whose spirit of legends will live on through the ages, praise a mortal thieves. As here and after set forth.


Manuela is nowhere near the mirror to get hypnotise she is acting.


Pirate Ballet
Written by
Cole Porter, Roger Edens and Conrad Salinger


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Adventure | Comedy | Musical | Romance

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