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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: FD1018
  • UPC: 760137822097
  • Street Date: 02/22/22
  • PreBook Date: 01/18/22
  • Label: FILM DETECTIVE »
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Run Time: 83 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1936
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English

 

Cast & Crew

  • Director: Lloyd Corrigan
  • Director: Lloyd Corrigan

 

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Dancing Pirate [Special Edition]

Can a dance teacher from Boston dance his way out of a hangman's noose? With help from the mayor's beautiful daughter, he just might!

Dancing Pirate [Special Edition]
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Can a dance teacher from Boston dance his way out of a hangman's noose? With help from the mayor's beautiful daughter, he just might!

A dance teacher from Boston (Charles Collins) is tricked into joining a band of pirates, which leads to him being fitted for a noose in California. He catches a break when the mayor's daughter demands the hanging be postponed until he teaches her to waltz, but his problems are only beginning! The Dancing Pirate (1936) received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Dance Direction," and was billed as "The first dancing musical in 100% new Technicolor." Look for Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz) as the mayor, and Steffi Duna (Waterloo Bridge) as his dancing daughter. Also, keep a sharp eye out for Rita Hayworth (Gilda) as an unnamed "specialty" dancer. Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, this mix of comedy and rousing dance numbers was described by the Detroit Free Press as "light, gay, and charming." Watch and see why Charles Collins was compared by one critic to "Douglas Fairbanks in his most acrobatic days."

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Bonus Materials

  • Full Audio Commentary by author, Jennifer Churchill
  • New essay by author, Jennifer Churchill, in full color booklet
  • 'AMBUSHED BY MEDIOCRITY: REMEMBERING THE DANCING PIRATE' - A new interview with film producer/historian Michael Schlesinger by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures
  • 'GLORIOUS PIONEERS: THE BIRTH OF TECHNICOLOR' - A new interview with author/historian David Pierce by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures

Sales Points

  • Directed by Academy Award Winner Lloyd Corrigan (La Cucaracha, Daughter of the Dragon)
  • Stars Charles Collins (Smiling Faces, Macbeth), Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz, The Three Musketeers), Steffi Duna (Man of Two Worlds, Waterloo Bridge) & an early appearance by Rita Hayworth (Gilda, Pal Joey)
  • Russell Lewis earned an Oscar nomination for 'Dancing Pirate' for his choreography.
  • Other dancers featured in the film were former first lady Pat Nixon and Marjorie Reynolds (Holiday Inn).

Press Quotes

Dancing Pirate is a collector's curiosity, and I'm certainly grateful that it's been restored so that we can see it as it was meant to be viewed.

     —Cereal At Midnight

This special edition release features a dazzling new restoration from rare, original, 35mm archival material, with a brand new 4K scan.

     —Harley Lond, Film Crave

Honestly, the movie is just ordinary and its use of Technicolor is its only redeeming quality.

     —Bob Bloom, Reel Bob

Honestly, the movie is just ordinary and its use of Technicolor is its only redeeming quality.

     —Bob Bloom, Film Yap

The film is stolen by Frank Morgan, who plays Mayor Don Emilio Perena in much the same joyously funny manner as he would play the Wizard in “The Wizard of Oz” three years later.

     —Vidvues/Tom's Picks, Village Soup

However, there’s something undeniably enjoyable about its goofy premise.

     —Christopher Zabel, Doblu

Notably, this film was presented as the first dancing musical entirely in Technicolor, which really makes some of the scenes pop with the women’s colourful dresses and creates extra depth, particularly in the final act.

     —Sarah Gopaul, Digital Journal

  

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