The Pirate

The Pirate

Lester Allen
Director: Vincente Minnelli Cast: Lester Allen
Lester Allen
, Judy Garland
Judy Garland
, Jerry Bergen
Jerry Bergen
Vincente Minnelli


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When Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne appeared in S. N. Behrmann's The Pirate on Broadway, there were no musical numbers whatsoever. But with Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in the leading roles of the 1948 filmization of The Pirate, the MGM production staff would have been drawn and quartered had there not been song after song. The story is merely serviceable: on a Caribbean isle in the early 19th century, sheltered young Garland comes to believe that travelling troubadour Kelly is in reality "Mack the Black," a notorious pirate. Kelly realizes that the surest way to win Garland's heart is to impersonate the romantic buccaneer, and this is what he does--nearly getting himself hanged in the process. Cole Porter's marvelous score yielded only one bona-fide hit: "Be a Clown," which has practically nothing to do with the storyline, but do you care? Highlights include the magnificently staged "Mack the Black," a heady combination of Broadway glitz and Caligariesque nightmare. Seven MGM screenwriters toiled away on The Pirate, though only the team of Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich were credited. While The Pirate was not a huge moneymaker on its first release, it has since been embraced by the cultists, who apparently can never get enough of Judy Garland.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/2020
UPC: 0883929719648
Original Release: 1948
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 5,960

Special Features

Commentary by Historian John Fricke Make-of featurette, Vintage Comedy Short and Cartoon "Mack the Black" Stereo Remix Version Audio-Only bonuses: Song Outtakes and Roger Edens Guide-Track Versions Promotional Radio Interviews with Gene Kelly and Judy Garland Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lester Allen Uncle Capucho
Judy Garland Manuela
Jerry Bergen Bolo
Gene Kelly Serafin
Walter Slezak Don Pedro Vargas
Gladys Cooper Aunt Inez
Jean Dean Casilda
Reginald Owen The Advocate
Lola Deem Isabella
George Zucco The Viceroy
Mary Jo Ellis Lizarda
Ben Lessy Gumbo
Marion Murray Eloise
Cully Richards Trillo
Ellen Ross Mercedes
Fayard Nicholas Actor
Harold Nicholas Actor

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Robert Alton Choreography
S.N. Behrmann Screenwriter
Lillian Braun Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Lennie Hayton Musical Direction/Supervision
Barbara Karinska Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Kelly Choreography
Tom Keogh Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Anita Loos Screenwriter
Wilkie Mahoney Screenwriter
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Cole Porter Score Composer
Blanche Sewell Editor
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Joseph Than Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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