The Princess and the Pirate (1944)





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Bob Hope is in top form in this Technicolor parody of pirate pictures, doing his best vaudeville shtick as an inept performer trying to save princess Virginia Mayo from the evil clutches of governor Walter Slezak and pirate Victor McLaglen. It's all ridiculous fun, of course, but if you're a fan of Hope, you never tire of his self-effacing gags and double-entendres. His out-of-place show biz jabs were always clever, and they're all the funnier in this period setting--particularly the Bing Crosby jokes. But Walter Brennan nearly steals the film as a wacky pirate scheming to steal buried treasure, and tattooing the map on Hope's chest. Yet the two best routines are when Hope tries to conceal his chest while taking a bath with Slezak, and when he tries to impersonate McLaglen as "the Hook." --Bill Desowitz
Classics , Comedy , Kids & Family
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RKO Pictures


Bob Hope
as Sylvester the Great
Virginia Mayo
as Princess Margaret
Walter Brennan
as Featherhead
Walter Slezak
as La Roche
Victor McLaglen
as The Hook
Hugo Haas
as 'Bucket of Blood' Proprietor
Maude Eburne
as 'Boar's Head Inn' Landlady
Adia Kuznetzoff
as Don Jose
Brandon Hurst
as Mr. Pelly
Tom Kennedy
as Alonzo
Stanley Andrews
as Captain of The Mary Ann
Robert Warwick
as The King
Tom Tyler
as Lieutenant
Rondo Hatton
as Gorilla Man
Richard Alexander
as Holdup Man
Robert Hale
as Citizen
Bobby Hale
as Citizen
Ralph Dunn
as Murderous Pirate
Francis Ford
as Drunken Pirate
Bert Roach
as Drunken Pirate's Companion
Edwin Stanley
as Captain of the King's Ship
Jack Carr
as Bartender
Sammy Stein
as Black Jack Thug
Colin Kenny
as First Mate Mary Ann
Weldon Heyburn
as Palace Guard
Edward Peil Sr.
as Palace Guard
Ray Teal
as Guard
Crane Whitley
as Soldier
Al Bridge
as Pirate
James Flavin
as Naval Officer
Alan Bridge
as Pirate
Al Hill
as Pirate
Mike Mazurki
as Pirate
Dick Rich
as Pirate
Frank Moran
as Heckler
Dutch Hendrian
as Heckler
Alma Carroll
as Handmaiden
Ruth Valmy
as Handmaiden
Bing Crosby
as Himself
Lillian Molieri
as Goldwyn Girl
Loretta Daye
as Goldwyn Girl
Betty Caldwell
as Goldwyn Girl
Betty Thurston
as Goldwyn Girl
Mary Pat Farrell
as Goldwyn Girl
Kay Morley
as Goldwyn Girl
Betty Alexander
as Goldwyn Girl
Ernie S. Adams
as Citizen
Bill Hunter
as Soldier at the Gate
Stewart Garner
as Sailor on the 'Mary Ann'
Art Miles
as Thug
Ted Billings
as Citizen
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Critic Reviews for The Princess and the Pirate

All Critics (2)

The Princess and the Pirate's success is entirely dependent on one's opinion of Hope's specific brand of humor...

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

A typical affable and middling Bob Hope comedy.

Full Review… | April 23, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Princess and the Pirate


Old Bob Hope films were always amongst my favourites growing up, and this is one of his funniest. He plays Sylvester The Great, man of seven faces ("I travel a lot. With my act, it's safer!") who saves runaway princess Virginia Mayo from the clutches of evil buccaneer The Hook. The gags flow thick and fast complete with Hope's usual self-deprecating one liners and loads of slapstick and sight gags; if you imagine Pirates Of The Caribbean done by the Marx brothers you're in the right ball park. Walter Brennan is hilarious as a crazy old pirate and Mayo is very easy on the eye in the classic tradition of old style Hollywood glamour. It still makes me laugh out loud pretty much non-stop after all these years and is the kind of classic comedy that appeals to every age.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Wacky fun as The Great Sylvester,The Man With Seven Faces, sort of a early travelling performance artist, gets caught up with bloodthirsty pirates and a beautiful woman on the infamous Spanish Main. "Haven't you got any backbone, the girl asks our intrepid hero. "Yes, but not like you have", is the quick reply. Innocuous entertainment with the obligatory cameo at the last few frames ... guess who?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

One of my favourite Hope movies, it's hilarious, and I love the ending. I highly recommend it if you're a fan too.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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