Dancing Pirate (May 22, 1936)

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The Dancing Pirate
 

Released on May 22, 1936: (running time 1 hour and 26 minutes) A dancing teacher from Boston is kidnapped and put aboard a pirate ship.

Produced by John Speaks

Directed by Lloyd Corrigan

The Actors: Charles Collins (Jonathan Pride), Frank Morgan (Mayor Don Emilio Perena), Steffi Duna (Serafina Perena), Luis Alberni (Pamfilo the jailer), Victor Varconi (Don Balthazar, Monterey Captain of the Guard), Jack La Rue (Lieutenant Chago, Baltazar's aide), Alma Real (Blanca, Serafina's maid), William V. Mong (Tecolote, the old Indian), Mitchell Lewis (Pirate Chief), Julian Rivero (shepherd), John Eberts (Mozo), The Royal Cansino Dancers (dancers), Eduardo Cansino (specialty dancer), Rita Hayworth (specialty dancer), Nora Cecil (landlady), Jim Farley (sailor), Cy Kendall (Bouncing Betty's cook), Vera Lewis (Orville's mother), Ellen Lowe (Miss Ponsonby), Pat Nixon (giggling dance class student), Marjorie Reynolds (dancer), Max Wagner (pirate), Harold Waldridge (Orville)

 

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The First Lady of Movies? . . . No, . . . But . . .

Thelma Catherine ‘Pat’ Ryan, the actress that I wish to attract your attention to, only appears for a few seconds in this movie, about three minutes in. She only appeared in four movies, and this is her final motion picture appearance. Pat Ryan was never credited, always a bit part extra. Actor Charles Collins is a Boston dance instructor, and as our adventure opens, he is teaching four couples a new and daring dance.

After demonstrating the new dance step with one of the students, we watch twenty-four-year-old Pat Ryan giggle as she prepares to practice the new dance with her partner. She continues giggling as she dances with her partner, and then the scene is finished, and we never see her again in a motion picture.

Pat Ryan worked harder, and at more jobs, than most college girls. While she attended Fullerton Junior College she worked as a pharmacy manager, telephone operator, janitor at a bank, typist and delivery driver. She finished her education at the University of Southern California. In addition to getting work as an extra in four movies, she was a sales lady at a department store, and taught touch-typing and shorthand at a local high school.

Pat Ryan later said that she sacrificed everything in her life that she held precious so that she could help to advance the political career of the man she married four years after appearing in this movie. Her husband was Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, and Pat Nixon was the 37th First Lady of the United States. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Pat Nixon and her dance partner
Pat Nixon and her dance partner
Steffi Duna, Charles Collins
Steffi Duna, Charles Collins
Charles Collins
Charles Collins
Steffi Duna
Steffi Duna
Alma Real
Alma Real
Alma Real, Steffi Duna
Alma Real, Steffi Duna
Charles Collins
Charles Collins
Charles Collins, Ellen Lowe
Charles Collins, Ellen Lowe
Charles Collins, Steffi Duna
Charles Collins, Steffi Duna
Charles Collins, Steffi Duna
Charles Collins, Steffi Duna
Charles Collins
Charles Collins
Charles Collins
Charles Collins
Charles Collins
Charles Collins
Charles Collins, Steffi Duna
Charles Collins, Steffi Duna
Charles Collins
Charles Collins
Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
Victor Varconi, Steffi Duna
Victor Varconi, Steffi Duna
Frank Morgan, Steffi Duna
Frank Morgan, Steffi Duna
Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
Jack La Rue
Jack La Rue
Jack La Rue, Charles Collins
Jack La Rue, Charles Collins
Jack La Rue, Victor Varconi
Jack La Rue, Victor Varconi
Julian Rivero, Luis Alberni
Julian Rivero, Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni
Mitchell Lewis
Mitchell Lewis
Steffi Duna
Steffi Duna
Steffi Duna, Alma Real
Steffi Duna, Alma Real
Steffi Duna, Charles Collins
Steffi Duna, Charles Collins
Steffi Duna, Frank Morgan
Steffi Duna, Frank Morgan
Steffi Duna, Victor Varconi
Steffi Duna, Victor Varconi
Steffi Duna
Steffi Duna
Steffi Duna
Steffi Duna
Steffi Duna
Steffi Duna
Victor Varconi
Victor Varconi
Victor Varconi, Frank Morgan
Victor Varconi, Frank Morgan
Victor Varconi, Steffi Duna
Victor Varconi, Steffi Duna