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Swashbuckling movies are always lots of fun, but… let’s face it. Sometimes they’re just begging to be spoofed.
Come on – swashbuckling movies revel in men with floppy hair, swishy clothes and impractical footwear. These guys are our first line of defence against evil highwaymen and pirates?
It can be a bit of a stretch, no?
That’s why we enjoy The Princess and the Pirate (1944), a glorious Technicolor affair by MGM. It stars Bob Hope as a self-deluded and unsuccessful impersonator, and Virginia Mayo as a princess draped in record amounts of fabric.
The pair meet on a ship that is sailing to America. (The 16th-century galleon in this movie functions much like a cruise ship, with spacious, well-appointed cabins.) Mayo is bolting to America to escape an arranged marriage. Hope’s reason? “My act is known all over Europe,” he says. “That’s why…
Source: Bob Hope, Swashbuckler
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