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|Clothes Make the Pirate|
|Directed by||Maurice Tourneur|
|Produced by||Sam E. Rork Productions|
|Written by||Marion Fairfax|
|Based on||Clothes Make the Pirate|
by Holman Francis Day
|Edited by||Patricia Rooney|
|Distributed by||First National Pictures|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Clothes Make the Pirate is a 1925 American silent film starring Leon Errol and Dorothy Gish. The film was written by Marion Fairfax from the novel by Holman Francis Day and directed by Maurice Tourneur. It is a lost film, with only a one-minute trailer surviving.
The film is a comedy that centers on a disgruntled 18th-century Bostonian, played by Errol, who while wishing that he was a pirate, dons the clothes and play-acts the part. He is mistaken for the real pirate, Dixie Bull (played by Walter Law) whom Errol, of course, bumps into later in the film. More importantly, Errol "slays" the villain and puts his foot upon the pirate's head. This is more than enough and he heads back home to his unappreciated wife, played by Dorothy Gish.
- Leon Errol as Tremble-at-Evil Tidd
- Dorothy Gish as Betsy Tidd
- Nita Naldi as Madame De La Tour
- George F. Marion as Jennison
- Tully Marshall as Scute
- Frank Lawlor as Crabb
- Edna Murphy as Nancy Downs
- James Rennie as Lieutenant Cavendish
- Walter Law as Dixie Bull
- Reginald Barlow as Captain Montague
Contemporary reviewers of the time claimed Errol was miscast, perhaps for the comedic cowardice of the part. Variety gave the film a poor review, stating that the children would like it. However other reviews, such as that in the Los Angeles Times of January 10, 1926 gave the film, as a satire, generally good reviews. However, the camera work of Cronjager was critically acclaimed.
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