Garland PirateTC


Hi All -

Here is one of those 40’s MGM musicals that is supposedly set in the early 1800s in the Caribbean, but never left the elaborate sets that Metro constructed. 

The plot, such as it is, concerns a young woman (Judy Garland) who is betrothed to the local rich planter, but she has romantic fantasies about the legendary pirate, Mack the Black Macoco. A traveling troubadour (Gene Kelly) falls in love with her and to impress her he poses as the pirate, Macoco.

Here is a fantasy ballet sequence that the Garland character conjures.

Gene Kelly was in his prime and his masculine grace and great agility are highlighted wonderfully.

THE PIRATE directed by Vincente Minnelli choreographed by Gene Kelly (1942 102 min.)

Van -

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