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The Princess and the Pirate

The Princess and the Pirate

David Butler (1944)

U Certificate
Wednesday 4pm - 5:50pm Talking Pictures
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Saturday, 2pm - 3:50pm Talking Pictures


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The title of this Samuel Goldwyn burlesque on swashbuckling is pretty much self-explanatory and is one of comedian Bob Hope's better vehicles. He plays the cowardly "Sylvester the Great Man of Seven Faces", an 18th-century variety artist with an aversion to, you guessed it, pirates. Hope is surrounded by superb character actors like buccaneer Victor McLaglen and governor Walter Slezak, who became the definitive pirate-turned-governor in Vincente Minnelli's wonderful The Pirate. There's also a hilarious turn from Walter Brennan, who seems to have based his part on Disney's cartoon dwarf Dopey. Virginia Mayo partners Hope ably, especially when they do their vaudeville number in the splendidly art-directed Bucket of Blood inn. Oh, and don't miss the gag at the very end - it's one of Hope's best.


A cowardly actor falls for a princess fleeing a forced marriage as they both flee for their lives from pirates. Swashbuckling comedy, starring Bob Hope and Virginia Mayo.

Cast & Crew

Sylvester Crosby / The Great Sylvester Bob Hope
Princess Margaret Virginia Mayo
Featherhead Walter Brennan
La Roche Walter Slezak
The Hook Victor McLaglen
Pedro Marc Lawrence (1)
Proprietor of "Bucket of Blood" Hugo Haas
Landlady Maude Eburne
Don José Adia Kuznetzoff
Mr Pelly Brandon Hurst
Commoner Bing Crosby
Director David Butler
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Language: English Colour Available on: Available on video


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