The Pirate

A dazzling Caribbean cod-swashbuckler of a musical, with acting as its very theme and the imaginative projection of illusionism its self-referential life-blood. Strolling player (Kelly) woos sheltered but romantic girl (Garland) in the guise of the notorious pirate Macoco, while her dull fiancé (Slezak) desperately hangs on to his own concealed identity. Cole Porter songs, a choreographed camera, vivacious performances, and Minnelli's customarily camp colour scheme and decor are wonderfully seductive vehicles for the themes that run obsessively through almost all the director's films, be they musicals, comedies or melodramas.

Release details

Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Screenwriter: Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich
Cast: Judy Garland
Gene Kelly
Walter Slezak
Gladys Cooper
Reginald Owen
George Zucco
the Nicholas Brothers
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