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The Princess and the Pirate (1944)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 1944 (UK)
A cowardly actor and a runaway princess are voyaging on a ship that is captured by a notorious pirate who recently buried his treasure on a secretly mapped island.

Directors:

David Butler, Sidney Lanfield (uncredited)

Writers:

Don Hartman (screen play), Melville Shavelson (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Sylvester
Virginia Mayo ... Margaret
Walter Brennan ... Featherhead
Walter Slezak ... La Roche
Victor McLaglen ... The Hook
Marc Lawrence ... Pedro
Hugo Haas ... Proprietor 'Bucket of Blood'
Maude Eburne ... Landlady
Adia Kuznetzoff Adia Kuznetzoff ... Don José
Brandon Hurst ... Mr. Pelly
Tom Kennedy ... Alonzo
Stanley Andrews ... Captain 'Mary Ann'
Robert Warwick ... The King
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Storyline

Princess Margaret is travelling incognito to elope with her true love instead of marrying the man her father has betrothed her to. On the high seas, her ship is attacked by pirates who know her identity and plan to kidnap her and hold her for a king's ransom. Little do the cutthroats know that she will be rescued by that unlikeliest of knights errant, Sylvester the Great, who will lead them on a merry, and madcap, chase. Written by Alfred Jingle

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You'll get a load of laughs as you get a load of HOPE as a PIRATE


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1944 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sylvester, the Great See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events depicted in this photoplay are entirely fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual events, is purely coincidental. See more »

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When The Hook's ship is attacking The Mary Ann, it is flying the Skull & Crossbones. Soon after that it is seen being raised. See more »

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Owner of the 'Bucket of Blood': You sound like a stranger. You haven't lived very long in this town, huh?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Many, many years ago there sailed the Seven Seas the most bloodthirsty buccaneer in history. Ruthless and daring he was, and, though his soul was black with foul deeds, he feared no creature, living or dead.

Because he had an iron claw for a right hand, this terror of the ocean lanes was known as . . .

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Kiss Me in the Moonlight
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Hope as a coward, this time on the high seas
18 February 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Bob Hope again plays his cowardly character in "The Princess and the Pirate," a 1944 film from Samuel Goldwyn Studios. The film also stars Virginia Mayo, Walter Slezak, Victor McLaglen, and Walter Brennan. Hope plays Sylvester the Great (who gives his last name as Crosby), a bad performer who becomes involved with an incognito princess, played by pretty Virginia Mayo. There's really no point in going through the story - it's fairly ridiculous, concerning a map and a treasure. It's really just an excuse for some gorgeous Technicolor escapist entertainment in the midst of World War II. Beautiful women (the Goldwyn Girls) and lots of comedy abound. Hope is a scream as Sylvester, impersonating a Gypsy woman and Captain Barrett (McLaglen) who has a hook for a hand. Toward the end of the film, both Barrett and Sylvester disguised as Barrett are in Barrett's quarters, unaware of one another, each leaving the room from time to time and making opposite pronouncements to the pirates. Very funny stuff.

Hope is an absolute riot with that dry, offhand delivery of his and his facial expressions. He generally played an avowed coward, though a likable one, and this time is no different. Everyone does a great job in this, and I'm sure audiences, depressed by war news, appreciated it. Lots of fun and recommended.


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