The Pirate
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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)
" 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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