Princess and the Pirate, The (DVD)
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Bob Hope is at his zaniest in this hilarious send-up of swashbuckling. The wise-cracking comedian stars as an egotistical vaudevillian who is shanghaied by pirates, gets involved with lovely princess Virginia Mayo and ends up becoming the makeshift leader Year: 1944 Director: David Butler Starring: Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo]]>
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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.
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..........
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!!
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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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Very funny movie. I especially liked Walter Brennan's part!Published 3 months ago by John Burkholder
I was missing this movie from my Bob Hope collection. Good to see it again.Published 14 months ago by Dwayne