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Help to find a movie! Pirate? gesticulation?

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Hi, Can anyone help me find a movie title I thought was called "The Pirate". It is NOT the one with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, but it is a musical. I do not know the stars. I saw it many years ago, and it is basically the pirates of penzance storyline musical. The lead male is black haired and in it sings a song about "gesticulation". It is sort-of a musical comedy where he talks about if they cut off his hand for stealing how will he gesticulate or be able to speak without his hands. It is a color movie (appears to me like technicolor guessing 1940's or 50's) or has been colorized. It is sarcastic comedy musical.

I have searched the web and can't find it any way I have tried. If someone can identify this movie with the correct title and the actors I would be ecstatic!! Thanks!

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Hi HP, I think you're mixing up a couple of musicals. As you noted, there is Vincent Minnelli's The Pirate and there is the movie version of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance which featured Kevin Kline and Angela Lansbury; but the song "Gesticulate" is from another Minnelli movie: Kismet. In it, Howard Keel sings:


"Dear hand, deft hand,

clever and facile extremity.

A companion to me from my birth.


Sweet hand, swift hand,

spinner of fable and fantasy.

Faithful friend of my art,

would they rend us apart,

leaving no finger nor fist there,

but just a hint of a wrist there.


Where then my spirit with my mercurial charm,

am I fated to sit with elbow and arm,

and no digits to top them off -- if they lop them off!"


This song features "patter" sections that could be reminiscent of Gilbert and Sullivan. The music is by the Russian composer Borodin, and the themes such as the Polovtsian Dances and Prince Igor were wrested from their origins and thrown into a Mesopotamian adventure wherein the character Hajj must stand trial for theft.

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Yes, I was obviously confused, but I knew the song in it (or was close anyway)!!


I was looking for the Howard Keel version of Kismet. I think someone told me this a long time ago (when the story line was fresh in my mind) but I had seen another 1944 version of kismet and didn't believe them!!


Thanks for taking the time for such a good response!!

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