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[i]The Pirate[/i] (1948)


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Put me on the side of "loving it' too. I love the Nicholas Brothers, so it was gratifying to finally see them in an MGM musical and appalling that it the number was cut in some southern markets. These dapper geniuses of dance were so underused. I'm grateful that we have them on record in Orchestra Wives and the other few Twentieth Century Fox musicals in which they appeared.

 

I love Minnelli's color palette.

 

I'm always fascinated by "Be a Clown" and how Arthur Freed so boldly stole the number for "Make 'em Laugh" in Singin' in the Rain. Didn't anyone say anything at the time? "Uh, Mr. Freed, you can't do that..." Why didn't Cole Porter sue?

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Thanks for the reply, at least I know I'm not alone! I heard it was a big flop upon its original release... I showed it to a friend the other night and she loved it, too.

 

Gene Kelly could have used a hair cut, though... ;) I wish I could see the original "Voodoo" dance routine. What a shame we'll never see it.

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I like it quite a lot. I can understand why it failed to find an audience at the time, because it is a little too heavily stylized in some respects, but, despite her rather jittery onscreen demeanor, Judy gets some marvelously witty lines and situations (e.g., in response to another girl's offer to "sacrifice herself" to the pirate, Macoco: "He asked for ME!") all of which she delivers stylishly and with relish.

 

And, though the film was produced primarily to enable to Judy to broaden her range into more sophisticated roles (its' failure apparently caused MGM to issue a policy of retrenchment where her image was concerned, beginning with EASTER PARADE), I generally think the film belongs to Gene Kelly, who has some terrific moments as the hammy actor posing as Judy's pirate hero. (e.g., to Judy: "You know, it isn't essential for you to love me to be in my troupe....It helps, but it's not essential.")

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I've always liked this one, and I'm a little surprised when I find people who don't like it.

 

I really like Kelly's dancing in this film. I think this catches him at the peak of his athletic ability. the "Be A Clown" number with the Nicholas Brothers is simply terrific.

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Thanks for the quote, cinemascope!

 

So happy to see alot of people voicing their love for this musical. Does anyone know exactly why "VooDoo" was cut from the release? I hear it was supposedly too provacative, but was that due to the song or dance or what? Didn't they know before they filmed the scene it was going to be that way so why was it such a shock? Any info would be great.

 

Thanks

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Rhino Records -- in partnership with TCM -- released a limited numbered edition of 2,500 cds of The Pirate under their "Handmade" division. This disk includes the "Voodoo" outtake, along with outtakes of "Love Of My Life", an unused version of "Mack the Knife", demos of several numbers and interviews with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. It might still be available at the Rhino Handmade website...

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> Rhino Records -- in partnership with TCM -- released

> a limited numbered edition of 2,500 cds of The

> Pirate under their "Handmade" division. This

> disk includes the "Voodoo" outtake, along with

> outtakes of "Love Of My Life", an unused version of

> "Mack the Knife", demos of several numbers and

> interviews with Judy Garland and Gene

> Kelly. It might still be available at the Rhino

> Handmade website...

 

 

I must have missed out on that, I hope some are still available B-)

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"Make Em Laugh" was written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown especially for Donald O'Connor. It's generally agreed that they stole the melody almost exactly from Cole Porter's "Be a Clown". Irving Berlin was visiting the set one day when he heard a playback of "Make 'Em Laugh". When Berlin asked whose song that was, Freed quickly changed the subject.

 

--IMDb

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