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Seeking revenge, an athletic young man joins the pirate band responsible for his father's death.

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Complete credited cast:
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Princess Isobel (as Miss Billie Dove)
Tempe Pigott ...
Duenna (as Miss Tempe Pigett)
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MacTavish (as Mr. Donald Crisp)
Sam De Grasse ...
Pirate Lieutenant (as Mr. Sam de Grasse)
Anders Randolf ...
Pirate Captain (as Mr. Anders Randolf)
Charles Stevens ...
Powder Man (as Mr.Charles Stevens)
John Wallace ...
Peg-Leg Pirate (as Mr. John Wallace)
Fred Becker ...
Pirate (as Mr. Fred Becker)
Charles Belcher ...
Chief Passenger - Nobleman (as Mr. Charles Belcher)
E.J. Ratcliffe ...
The Governor (as Mr. D. J. Ratcliffe)
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The Duke of Arnoldo / The Black Pirate (as Mr. Douglas Fairbanks)
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Storyline

A nobleman vows to avenge the death of his father at the hands of pirates. To this end he infiltrates the pirate band. Acting in character he is instrumental in the capture of a ship, but things are complicated when he finds that there is a young woman on board whom he wishes to protect from the threat of rape. Written by David Chappell <David.Chappell@mail.trincoll.edu>

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The Love Story of a Bold Buccaneer

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Adventure | Action

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8 March 1926 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Black Buccaneer  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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(2-strip Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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The double-thick Technicolor prints (two strips of dyed film, cemented together) presented numerous screening problems for untrained projectionists. If screened improperly, they would warp, scratch, etc. and due to the expense of printing in Technicolor at this time (since there were no optical printers, or any easier way of printing such technology in those days) forced the Fairbanks studio to issue a black-and-white version as well. See more »

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When the men following the Black Pirate are swimming up to the boat at the climax, shadows are clearly visible on a wall when they are shot at an angled view. See more »

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Early Technicolor swashbuckler - fun and unrelentingly entertaining
27 November 2000 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

Although there were a handful of Technicolor films before this one (as early as 1922), this is the one that EVERYONE saw and so truly introduced the process to the nation. The reds and blues are quite lovely and photograph far better outside under natural lighting than inside the studio where I had mistakenly assumed the controlled lighting would have made these shots superior to the exterior ones. It's a non-stop swashbuckler and a lot of fun to watch. One almost feels wicked seeing a silent film in color - as if we're being allowed to see something we ought not to be. Fairbanks is in top form and Sam de Grasse is a suave pirate villain. Quite worth adding to your video library.


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