The Princess and the Pirate

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"Yo-Ho HOPE and a Cargo of Laughs!"
  • NR
  • 1943
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 6.8  (2,397)

The Princess and the Pirate is a 1944 comedy-adventure film starring Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, and Walter Brennan. Directed by David Butler, the movie tells the story of a cowardly entertainer, Sylvester the Great (Bob Hope), who accidentally saves Princess Margaret (Virginia Mayo) from being captured by pirates. Set in the 18th century, the movie begins with Sylvester the Great performing his routine in a small Caribbean town. He follows a beautiful woman, Princess Margaret, back to her lodgings, only to discover that she is about to be captured by the infamous pirate, Captain Barrett (Victor McLaglen). After accidentally knocking out the pirate, Sylvester and Margaret embark on an adventure to escape from the pirate and find a way to get Margaret to her destination to stop an arranged marriage.

During their journey, they encounter a group of rebels who are also being hunted by Captain Barrett. Sylvester and Margaret team up with these rebels and work together to outsmart the pirates and reach their destination safely.

However, as they travel, they face numerous challenges, including fighting off pirates, escaping from traps, and navigating through rough terrain. As a result, Sylvester discovers that he is actually brave and resourceful, and he develops feelings for Margaret along the way. Meanwhile, Margaret begins to see Sylvester in a new light, realizing that he is more than the cowardly entertainer she initially thought him to be.

The movie is filled with humorous one-liners, slapstick comedy, and witty banter between the characters. Bob Hope delivers his usual wisecracks and self-deprecating humor, while Virginia Mayo plays the role of the damsel in distress with charm and grace. Walter Brennan provides excellent comic relief as Featherhead, Sylvester's loyal sidekick.

Aside from the comedic elements, the movie also features exciting action sequences, such as a thrilling chase across a rope bridge and a daring escape from a pirate ship. The film's colorful sets and impressive special effects for its time add to the overall entertainment value.

In addition to the main cast, the movie boasts an impressive supporting cast, including Victor McLaglen as the menacing Captain Barrett, Anne Revere as the rebel leader, and Hugo Haas as the governor who is after the rebels.

Overall, The Princess and the Pirate is a classic comedy-adventure movie that offers an entertaining escape. With its lovable characters, witty humor, and thrilling action, it is no wonder it continues to be a fan favorite even today.

The Princess and the Pirate is a 1943 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8.

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    1 hr 36 min
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    6.8  (2,397)