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The Princess and the Pirate Details

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In his second film for producer Sam Goldwyn, Bob Hope is felicitously teamed with luscious Goldwyn contractee Virginia Mayo. Hope plays Sylvester the Great, a two-bit entertainer "touring" the West Indies in the 18th century. Mayo is Princess Margaret, who is kidnapped by a rough, tough buccaneer known only as The Hook (Victor McLaglen). Through a series of unbelievable circumstances, Sylvester rescues Margaret, and the two of them pose as travelling troubadors in a treacherous Pirate colony, where people are stabbed and dumped in the ocean for nonpayment of rent and other such offenses. Disguising himself as The Hook, Sylvester is befriended by corrupt colonial governor La Roche (Walter Slesak), but only until the real Hook shows up. Things look bleak for Sylvester and Margaret, but salvation is on the way-as well as a surprising romantic denoument, when a "bit player from Paramount" (guess who?) shows up to steal the Princess away from Sylvester ("Boy, this is the last picture I make for Goldwyn!") No fewer than six writers teamed up for this Technicolor extravaganza, which though not as consistently hilarious as other Hope farces still holds up beautifully. The best performance is offered by Walter Brennan as an addled pirate named Featherhead, a character right out of a Tex Avery cartoon! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 17, 1944

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Howard Bristol Best Color Art Direction 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ernst Fegte Best Color Art Direction 1944 Nominee

Cast

Bob Hope
as Sylvester Crosby/"Sylvester the Great"
Virginia Mayo
as Princess Margaret/"Margaret Warbrook"
Walter Brennan
as Featherhead
Walter Slezak
as Gov. La Roche
Victor McLaglen
as The Hook
Marc Lawrence
as Pedro
Hugo Haas
as Cafe Owner
Maude Eburne
as "Boar's Head Inn" Landlady
Adia Kuznetzoff
as Don Jose
Brandon Hurst
as Mr. Pelly
Stanley Andrews
as Captain of The Mary Ann
Robert Warwick
as The King
Betty Alexander
as Goldwyn Girl
Ted Billings
Vic Christy
Bobby Hale
as Citizen
Lillian Molieri
Frank Moran
Constantine Romanoff
Sammy Stein
as Black Jack Thug
Al Bridge
as Pirate
Jack Carr
as Bartender
Ralph Dunn
as Murderous Pirate
James Flavin
as Naval Officer
Francis Ford
as Drunken Pirate
Rondo Hatton
as Gorilla Man
Weldon Heyburn
as Palace Guard
Colin Kenny
as First Mate Mary Ann
Mike Mazurki
as Pirate
Dick Rich
as Pirate
Bert Roach
as Drunken Pirate's Companion
Edwin Stanley
as Captain of the King's Ship
Ray Teal
as Guard
Tom Tyler
as Lieutenant
Crane Whitley
as Soldier
Ernie S. Adams
as Citizen
Richard Alexander
as Holdup Man
Al Hill
as Pirate
Bert Roach
as Drunken Pirate's Companion
Dick Rich
as Pirate
Weldon Heyburn
as Palace Guard
Crane Whitley
as Soldier
Richard Alexander
as Holdup Man
Francis Ford
as Drunken Pirate
Jack Carr
as Bartender
Ernie S. Adams
as Citizen
Tom Tyler
as Lieutenant
Ralph Dunn
as Murderous Pirate
Al Bridge
as Pirate
Bobby Hale
as Citizen
Ray Teal
as Guard
James Flavin
as Naval Officer
Edwin Stanley
as Captain of the King's Ship
Mike Mazurki
as Pirate
Sammy Stein
as Black Jack Thug
Rondo Hatton
as Gorilla Man
Colin Kenny
as First Mate Mary Ann
Betty Alexander
as Goldwyn Girl

Crew

David Butler
Director
Samuel Goldwyn
Producer
Don Hartman
Producer
Don Hartman
Screenwriter
Allen Boretz
Screenwriter
Curtis Kenyon
Screenwriter
Melville Shavelson
Screenwriter
Victor Milner
Cinematographer
Dan Mandell
Editor
Ernst Fegte
Art Director
Howard Bristol
Set Designer
Clarence Slifer
Special Effects
Sy Bartlett
Short Story Author
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