|Directed by||Lloyd Corrigan|
|Produced by|| Merian C. Cooper (executive producer)|
John Speaks (producer)
|Written by|| Ray Harris (screenplay) and|
Francis Edward Faragoh (screenplay)
Jack Wagner (adaptation) and
Boris Ingster (adaptation)
Emma-Lindsay Squier (story)
|Music by|| Alfred Newman |
Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (songs)
|Cinematography||William V. Skall|
|Edited by||Archie Marshek|
|Distributed by||RKO Pictures|
|May 22, 1936|
Dancing Pirate is a 1936 American musical comedy film directed by Lloyd Corrigan. It is the third film shot in the three strip Technicolor process and the first musical in that format. Produced by the makers of Becky Sharp , the film was based on the December 1930 Colliers Magazine story Glorious Buccaneer by Emma-Lindsay Squiera serious and action filled romance that may have been inspired by the story of Joseph Chapman. The film features the debut of stage star Charles Collins and the cast includes Rita Hayworth as one of The Royal Cansino Dancers. Other dancers in the film were Pat Nixon and Marjorie Reynolds.
Set in Boston in the 1820s, the film tells of dancing teacher Jonathan Pride, shanghaied by pirates and forced to be a slave aboard his own ship. Jonathan is able to join a provisioning party that lands on the coast of California, then a part of the Spanish Empire where he makes his escape; his only possessions being his umbrella and music box that he uses for his dancing lessons.
He is seen by a shepherd who warns the nearest town whose excitable population transform Jonathan's arrival into a full-fledged pirate invasion. The Alcalde Don Emilio Perena leads the militia into shooting up their own town whilst Jonathan is later captured in the boudoir of the Alcade's daughter Serafina. Jonathan is sentenced to death.
When Serafina and the women of the town discover Jonathan's profession of dancing teacher, his execution is delayed until he teaches the waltz to the women of the town.
Meanwhile, Serafina's suitor Don Balthazar, a Captain of the Guards of the Presidio of Monterey, and some of his soldiers visit the town to not only marry Serafina and Don Balthazar, but unbeknownst to the town he has been cashiered from the Army along with his men who seek to loot the town. Don Balthazar also plans on secretly executing his rival Jonathan.
Jonathan makes his escape and motivates the local downtrodden but peaceful Indians into an uprising through teaching them a torrid war dance. The Indians use their only "weapons", their lassoes, to capture the former soldiers who are now bandits. Don Balthazar challenges Jonathan to a duel with swords but Jonathan employs his dancing skills and his umbrella to defeat and capture the Don.
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