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The Pirate

Released 1948
Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

This 1948 Vincente Minnelli musical could just as easily been titled The Technicolor Pirate, so blazingly vivid is the photography. The film itself, unfortunately, is not that blazing, the result of a troubled production history (it took four months to film) and on-set tension between Minnelli and his wife and star of the film, Judy Garland. It does have a fine score (including Be a Clown) and a great dance sequence with Gene Kelly and The Nicholas Brothers (a sequence that was cut in some theaters in the South due to the black performers dancing with the white Kelly).

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.

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