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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 20, 1948

Cast

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

Crew

Vincente Minnelli
Director
Arthur Freed
Producer
Joseph Than
Screenwriter
Frances Goodrich
Screenwriter
Anita Loos
Screenwriter
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenwriter
S.N. Behrmann
Screenwriter
Wilkie Mahoney
Screenwriter
Albert Hackett
Screenwriter
Harry Stradling
Cinematographer
Cole Porter
Composer (Music Score)
Blanche Sewell
Editor
Jack Martin Smith
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Arthur Krams
Set Designer
Tom Keogh
Costume Designer
Gene Kelly
Choreography
Jack Dawn
Makeup
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