Virginia Mayo is the princess, on the lam because she loves a commoner, and Victor McLaglen is the buccaneer of another century who steers his course to capture the beautiful princess as the richest prize yet of his career. Bob Hope is cast as the 18th- century smalltimer who does a protean act - 'The Great Sylvester, Man of Seven Faces' - and is admittedly a coward. He wants nought of pirates, whereas the beauteous princess, who is also brave in face of direst danger, bolsters him throughout.

Virginia Mayo is the princess, on the lam because she loves a commoner, and Victor McLaglen is the buccaneer of another century who steers his course to capture the beautiful princess as the richest prize yet of his career. Bob Hope is cast as the 18th- century smalltimer who does a protean act – ‘The Great Sylvester, Man of Seven Faces’ – and is admittedly a coward. He wants nought of pirates, whereas the beauteous princess, who is also brave in face of direst danger, bolsters him throughout.

Action is replete with lawlessness in the West Indies, particularly in the dissolute governor’s palace, and at the Bucket of Blood, a bistro with a definite Hell’s Kitchen clientele where Hope and Mayo do their vaudeville specialty, with the expected comic results.

The Princess and the Pirate

Production

RKO/Goldwyn. Director David Butler; Producer Samuel Goldwyn; Screenplay Don Hartman, Melville Shavelson, Everett Freeman; Camera Victor Milner, William Snyder; Editor Daniel Mandell; Music David Rose; Art Director Ernst Fegte, McClure Capps

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1944. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Bob Hope Virginia Mayo Walter Brennan Walter Slezak Victor McLaglen Hugo Haas
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