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The Princess and the Pirate

4.2 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The legendary Bob Hope takes to the high seas in this hilarious, OscarÂ(r)-nominated* romantic comedy co-starring Virginia Mayo, Walter Slezak, Walter Brennan and Victor McLaglen! Sylvester the Great (Hope) is a 17th-century entertainer with an act so atrocious, he's exiled from England. Aboard a ship bound for America, he finds himself falling for the beautiful Princess Margaret(Mayo), a woman uninterested in lovenot to mention his lousy one-liners. But when an evil band of pirates attacks the ship and captures the princess, her only hope is the cowardly comedian. Can Sylvester stop cracking jokes and muster the courage to rescue his royal love? In other words, will heand Margaret end up walking down the aisle or walking the plank? *1944: Art Direction (Color); Nonmusical Score

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Walter Brennan, Walter Slezak, Victor McLaglen
  • Directors: David Butler, Sidney Lanfield
  • Writers: Allen Boretz, Curtis Kenyon, Don Hartman, Everett Freeman, Melville Shavelson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (PCM Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007O3902
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Princess and the Pirate" on IMDb

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By R. Brinkman on June 3, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Definitely don't buy this DVD version from MGM. They have made some serious mastering errors on this edition. Several scenes are subject to double-imaging (no excuse for that), as well as variances in the color timing and the volume. This title is also in badly need of Technicolor restoration: it has a greenish-look and suffers from color fading (I understand that the previous HBO DVD release did also). At the very least, MGM Home Entertainment needs to pull this title and correct the double-imaging.
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Like so many other people I was waiting for this new release on DVD. Imagine my disappointment when I get 24 minutes into the movie and I get double images! It lasted until about 32 minutes later (when Bob Hope encounters the Bucket of Blood). MGM needs to get the message that these classic movies simply can't be treated this way.

Fortunately I still have my earlier DVD release thru HBO Films because I'll have to return this copy of the Princess and the Pirate.
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As mentioned in previous reviews the image quality of this dvd is poor. The color is flat and the double imaging of some of the scenes has to be seen to be believed. How The Princess and the Pirate ever made it out into the world in this state I'll never understand. Didn't anybody even bother to preview this before it was rereleased?
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There are 4 or 5 areas that MGM should ashamed of. The picture is distorted in a way which is quite awful to look at. The movie sound is fine, considering this was Goldwyn picture. I love this film, but MGM should clean up their act on this one. Either fix these areas, or take it off the market. The colors are wonderful otherwise. Buy it as I did, only if enjoy the film. I returned my first one, assuming it was an error in the disc, hoping the next copy would be better, but to no avail.
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DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION!!
Years ago I bought this movie when it was rereleased by Metro Goldwyn Mayer. It had problem areas of blurriness and poor color in a few spots. So when they re-released this new dvd I thought those problems would have been solved. They haven't. In fact the transfer this time is WORSE than the original. Really, REALLY fuzzy in several spots this time around, and the picture quality goes from sharp to fuzzy, back to sharp though out the entire movie. Who ever o.k.'d this at MGM to be released to the public should lose his or her job, because yes Ladies and Gentlemen, if you buy this you will have been jobbed!!
My copy is being returned to Amazon and I won't be buying it again. I'll just stick with MGM's original poor quality copy. This is really pathetic! Shame on you MGM shame on you!
It's to bad Amazons rating system doesn't go to a -5 stars..........
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If you want a good clear image, you won't be happy with this DVD. I thought I just had a bad one, but as you read the other reviews, you can see that they all have the same problem. I am returning mine. Hope MGM fixes the problem.
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"The Princess and the Pirate" is one of my favourite Bob Hope comedies right up there with "My Favourite Blonde" and "The Ghost Breakers". During the war years escapism was high on peoples wish list and the period saw an influx of top grade pirate adventures set in far off lands on screen such as "The Sea Hawk", and "The Black Swan". Bob Hope, ever quick to pick up on the latest popular trends created his own mini classic here in "The Princess and the Pirate", with a roushing send up of the whole Pirate genre that suited his comic talents to a tee.
This film has it all, from cut throat pirates to beautiful maidens in distress, fantastic galleons filled with treasure, beautiful technicolour, swashbuckling sword play and at the centre the comic Hope in one of his famous coward roles filled with hilarious one liners. Of course no Hope film would be complete without a few Bing Crosby jokes and they are laid on in abundance here. Even San Goldwyn who produced this film comes in for a comic slaying! Bob Hope plays Sylvester the Great a second rate performing act who unknowingly gets involved with a group of cut throat pirates headed by the notorious "The Hook' played superbly by Victor Mclaglen. In a plot too convoluted to lay out here Hope unknowingly gets a rare treasure map tatooed onto his chest and thus becomes the target for the greedy pirates bent on retreiving the treasure. Along the way Sylvester becomes involved with the Princess Margaret (played by the lovely Virginia Mayo)who is being held as a captive by the pirates and who in a surprise twist at the finale, after romancing Hope throughout the entire film suddenly runs into the arms of a well known rival of Hope's whos name I wont mention here!!
The film is full of wonderful scenes and performances.
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When producer Samuel Goldwyn 'borrowed' Paramount's biggest comedy star, Bob Hope, for 1944's "The Princess and the Pirate", he provided the comedian with all the ingredients for a classic; a great script (by Everett Freeman, Dan Hartman, Melville Shavelson, and a host of uncredited Hope gag writers), a first-rate director (David Butler), a sexy co-star (Virginia Mayo), top-notch supporting players (including Walter Brennan, Walter Slezak, and Victor McLaglen), and a cameo by (who else?) Bing Crosby. How could the film miss? And to Hope's credit, the film still holds up as one of his best, over sixty years after it's release!

As entertainer Sylvester the Great, Hope plays his signature 'heroic coward' character, protecting incognito princess Mayo (who, naturally, falls for him), does a funny 'drag' sequence as a truly ugly gypsy (while fending off the amorous advances of addled Brennan), and thwarting the machinations of an evil island ruler (Slezak, who'd play a similar role in "The Pirate") and ruthless pirate (McLaglen, gleefully chewing up the scenery). The tone is light-hearted (Hope occasionally addresses the audience, sharing a one-liner with us), has a great song ("Kiss Me in the Moonlight"), and the end result was not only a box office hit, but earned two Oscar nominations.

If you're a Bob Hope fan, this is a 'must' for your collection!
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