The Pirate
The Pirate (1948)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 20, 1948
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

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Emanuel Levy

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."

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Stylish, but overbearing musical.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis does a lot better with its singing, dancing, and staging than it does with its acting, characterizations, and storytelling.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Visually creative musical.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

All told it's an enjoyable work, albeit one of the director's minor films.

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Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Brilliantly conceived box office failure with Judy and Gene.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Morgan Salem
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.… More
Jennifer Xu
Gene Kelly is for sure charming, but he needs to shave that stupid mustache. Just sayin.
Leigh Ryan
Not what I expected from the two leads. Depressed me a little but it was okay.
jay nixon
colorful and unique
Ken Stachnik
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.… More