DANCING PIRATE (1936), the First Dancing Musical in 100% Technicolor - Dazzling New Restoration on Blu-Ray & DVD, February 22nd - We Are Movie Geeks


DANCING PIRATE (1936), the First Dancing Musical in 100% Technicolor – Dazzling New Restoration on Blu-Ray & DVD, February 22nd

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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! Dancing Pirate (1936), the First Dancing Musical in 100% Technicolor, With Dazzling New Restoration, on Blu-Ray & DVD, Feb. 22nd. The Blu-ray can be preordered HERE

:Cinedigm announced today that The Film Detective (TFD), the classic film restoration and streaming company, will release the first ever 100% Technicolor dancing musical, Dancing Pirate (1936), on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD, Feb. 22.

Charles Collins stars in Dancing Pirateas a dance teacher from Boston who is tricked into joining a band of pirates, leading him to be fitted for a noose in California. Compared to “Douglas Fairbanks in his most acrobatic days,” Collins catches a break when the mayor’s daughter (Steffi Duna) demands the hanging be postponed until he teaches her to waltz.

Dancing Pirate earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Dance Direction and was billed as “the first dancing musical in 100% new Technicolor.”

The Dancing Pirate, lobbycard, Charles Collins, Steffi Duna, Frank Morgan, 1936. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)

The film features many familiar faces from Hollywood’s Golden Age, including Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz) as the mayor, Steffi Duna (Waterloo Bridge) as his dancing daughter and Rita Hayworth (Gilda), in an early performance as a specialty dancer.

Thespecial-edition release features a dazzling new restoration of Dancing Pirate from rare, original, 35mm archival material, with a brand new 4K scan.

“We are delighted to release our first Blu-ray from the recent acquisition of the late Alexander Kogan’s Film’s Around the World Library,” said Phil Hopkins, president of TFD. “This particular title was his prized possession, obtained from the famous film collector Wade Williams more than a decade ago. This important piece of film history is finally getting the proper attention it deserves.”

BONUS FEATURES: Audio commentary and original insert essay from author Jennifer ChurchillGlorious Pioneers: The Birth of Technicolor, an interview with author/historian, David PierceAmbushed by Mediocrity: Remembering the Dancing Pirate, an interview with film producer/historian, Michael Schlesinger.

Dancing Pirate will be available on Blu-ray ($24.95) and DVD ($19.95) starting Feb. 22 or fans can secure a copy by pre-ordering now at:

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