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The Black Pirate (1926)

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

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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)
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Pirate Lieutenant (as Mr. Sam de Grasse)
Anders Randolf ...
Pirate Captain (as Mr. Anders Randolf)
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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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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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8 March 1926 (USA)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Billie Dove had already appeared in one Technicolor film, Wanderer of the Wasteland (1924). Douglas Fairbanks reportedly offered Dove her role without a screen test; he simply called her up and let her know that the part was hers, if she wanted it. 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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Pirate yarns don't get much better than this.
4 March 2008 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

Douglas Fairbanks Sr. stars in this exciting, action-packed swashbuckling pirate adventure yarn, as a young man seeking revenge on a band of pirates after they ransacked and destroyed his ship, killing his father. In trying to achieve his goal, he tricks the pirates into thinking he wants to join their band. Will this ruse work?

This delivers all the thrills and cutthroat pirate action anyone could ever hope for and even more. It has all the elements one looks for and wants from today's big blockbusters: impressive stunts mostly performed by Fairbanks himself, sword fights, pirate treachery, explosions, daring underwater scenes, a damsel in distress, the works. There's a few plot holes and questionable plot twists here and there but it all holds up incredibly well after all these years although in today's world lead actress Billie Dove would have been given more to do. That's a minor nitpick at best. If you like pirate yarns, check this out. Believe me, they just don't get much better than this.


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