The Pirate
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Like a warm-up to An American in Paris (1951)."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Consciosuly campy, this musical was misunderstood at the time. While Cole Porter's songs lack his trademark wit, the sumpruous sets and exotic costumes compensate for the slender fable,the highlight of which is Judy's rendition of "Be a Clown.""
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Stylish, but overbearing musical."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"...it does a lot better with its singing, dancing, and staging than it does with its acting, characterizations, and storytelling."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Visually creative musical."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"All told it's an enjoyable work, albeit one of the director's minor films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"Brilliantly conceived box office failure with Judy and Gene."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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