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The Pirate (1948)




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On a Caribbean isle in the early 19th century, sheltered young Manuela comes to believe that traveling troubadour Serafin is in reality "Mack the Black," a notorious pirate. Serafin realizes that the surest way to win Manuela's heart is to impersonate the romantic buccaneer, and this is what he does--nearly getting himself hanged in the process.

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Judy Garland
as Manuela
Gene Kelly
as Serafin
Walter Slezak
as Don Pedro Vargas
Gladys Cooper
as Aunt Inez
Reginald Owen
as The Advocate
George Zucco
as The Viceroy
Lester Allen
as Uncle Capucho
Ellen Ross
as Mercedes
Lola Deem
as Isabella
Jean Dean
as Casilda
Ben Lessy
as Gumbo
Val Setz
as Juggler
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Critic Reviews for The Pirate

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

The Pirate takes place in some Caribbean of the mind, with lots of shadows and lace and high mantillas, and it's all about the promise of sex; the film keeps tapping into a nervous, adolescent sort of fear and desire.

July 18, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Pure pleasure.

May 30, 2021 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Its metatheatrical musical stylings border on the avant-garde under Minelli's nimble direction, and while the film certainly has some cringe-worthy sexual politics in hindsight, it's also a much better film than its reputation suggests.

March 25, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's certainly cumbersome in spots, but some zesty musical numbers and spirited performances help carry it over the finish line.

November 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Judy Garland at her sexiest and most comedic, all at once.

September 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like a warm-up to An American in Paris (1951).

August 2, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Pirate

This is what a romanic comedy SHOULD be like. Not the crap they come out with these days...Sooo Funny. I actually dont like Gene Kelly as much as Fred Astaire. Ive always found Kelly to be more stuck-up. Fred Astaire seems to me more likable and humble. The kind of guy you could talk to without fealing intimidated. That said, I thought that this role was perfect for Kelly. He was pretty much playing himself. Brash, Snooty, a Ladies Man. And Judy Garland. She is soooo beautiful!!! She is really great to wat and makes this whole movie. Just her facial expretions and little things like tapping her fingers on the couch really do add to the reality of her character. Cole Porter so you cant go wrong. See it.

Morgan Salem
Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

Not what I expected from the two leads. Depressed me a little but it was okay.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

The opening is a little excruciating, but it gets better toward the end. For some reason Gene Kelly decided to wear Pirate Hotpants during a dance sequence. How did anyone on the set keep a straight face?

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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