The Princess and the Pirate ()

directed by David Butler
featuring Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Walter Brennan, Walter Slezak, Victor McLaglen

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In his second film for producer Sam Goldwyn, Bob Hope is felicitously teamed with luscious Goldwyn contractee Virginia Mayo. Hope plays Sylvester the Great, a two-bit entertainer "touring" the West Indies in the 18th century. Mayo is Princess Margaret, who is kidnapped by a rough, tough buccaneer known only as The Hook (Victor McLaglen). Through a series of unbelievable circumstances, Sylvester rescues Margaret, and the two of them pose as travelling troubadors in a treacherous Pirate colony, where people are stabbed and ...


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Apr 30, 2010

He'd Do Anything For A Laugh

TITLE: The Princess And The Pirate
GENRE: Comedy, age of enlightenment period
CAST: Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Victor McLaglen, Walter Brennan, Walter Slezak and a "mystery appearance"
PLOT: The princess flees a repressive family, meets a traveling actor, they both get set adrift, they come to an island where the Governor recognizes the Princess and holds her for ransom. Rescue occurs and all live happily ever after.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 8 of 10; Hope was the Master of the 'aside'. He'd turn to the camera and let the audience in on a little funny secret. No other entertainer could pull this off. But here Hope is at his best with the technique. The costumes are sensational. When a scurvied mob of drunken sailors are required, they're there. The stunt sword fighting is accomplished well. The battle between ships is effective. To top it off, we get to hear V. Mayo sing.
DVD BONUS: Theatrical trailer
ADDED NOTES: True to the theme of this movie, Hope had jumped ship. literally. He left his normal haunt at Paramount and did this one film for MGM!

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