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The Delightful Rogue (1929)

Lastro (Rod La Rocque), a rogue pirate sails to Tapit where he encounters Nydra (Rita La Roy), an Americana singer in a waterfront dive, who is the object of of the jealous affections on ... See full summary »


Lynn Shores, Leslie Pearce (as A. Leslie Pearce)


Wallace Smith (story and scenario)




Credited cast:
Rod La Rocque ... Lastro
Rita La Roy ... Nydra
Charles Byer Charles Byer ... Harry Beall
Ed Brady ... MacDougal
Harry Semels Harry Semels ... Hymie
Sammy Blum Sammy Blum ... Junipero (as Sam Blum)
Bert Moorhouse ... Nielson (as Bert Moorehouse)
Lionel Hampton ... The Drummer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Crumplin Hugh Crumplin
Gladden James


Lastro (Rod La Rocque), a rogue pirate sails to Tapit where he encounters Nydra (Rita La Roy), an Americana singer in a waterfront dive, who is the object of of the jealous affections on Harry Beall (Charles Byer). The latter soon finds himself in the clutches of Lastro and, in order to win his release, she must spend the night in oily Lastr's cabin. Nothing occurs but conversation but Beall has a green-eyed frenzy hissy-fit, and the disgusted Nydra sets sail with Lastra. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

22 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Galante Pirata See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Gay Love
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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An early talkie with some funny talk
19 October 2014 | by gerdeen-1See all my reviews

Rod La Rocque and Rita La Roy. Did two co-stars' names ever go better together? I don't think so. And the title, "The Delightful Rogue," has that same l-and-r thing going on. It's all very euphonious.

But the movie itself is not so good.

This is an early sound film, and it will seem creaky and primitive to modern viewers. But that's not the real problem. No, the real problem is La Rocque's ridiculous accent.

In later films, when he spoke naturally, La Rocque sounded just fine, like the well-bred Midwesterner he was. But in this movie, he's trying to give us the voice of a Spanish pirate, the kind of character he previously played in silent movies. Unfortunately, no Spaniard ever sounded like this while speaking English . . . or while speaking Spanish. I doubt if anybody ever sounded like this. It's a unique way to speak.

In the comedy "The Girl From Jones Beach," Ronald Reagan played an American pretending to be a Czech immigrant. His accent was funny, but that was part of the plot. La Rocque's accent in this movie is both funnier than the one Reagan used and less authentic. It's hard not to laugh every time he opens his mouth.

La Rocque plays a buccaneer in the South Seas who gets control over two wealthy Americans who have a thing going on. Expressing his desire for the woman, he finds a way to test the love between her and her man. Pirates are often portrayed in fiction as sexual outlaws, and that's part of the message here, conveyed more frankly than Hollywood would have allowed a few years later. Still, the pace is slow, and nothing particularly racy happens on screen.

As the "woman in distress," La Roy is fairly convincing, at least compared to her male co-star. She has real sex appeal, with a fit body that made her a popular vaudeville dancer. (Both La Rocque and La Roy retired from films relatively early to pursue other interests.)

"The Delightful Rogue" has little to recommend it. But if you're one of those people who celebrate "International Talk Like a Pirate Day," check out La Rocque's effort. You've got to be better at it than he is.

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