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Jack Cunningham (adapted by)
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Release Date:
8 March 1926 (USA) See more »
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Dated, but great fun with the astonishing Douglas Fairbanks See more (32 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Billie Dove ... Princess Isobel (as Miss Billie Dove)
Tempe Pigott ... Duenna (as Miss Tempe Pigett)

Donald Crisp ... 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)

Douglas Fairbanks ... The Duke of Arnoldo/The Black Pirate (as Mr. Douglas Fairbanks)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nino Cochise ... Pirate (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Youth (uncredited)

Mary Pickford ... Princess Isobel in Final Embrace - Cameo Appearance (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Parker 
Writing credits
Douglas Fairbanks (story) (as Elton Thomas)

Jack Cunningham (adapted by)

Produced by
David Shepard .... video producer (1996)
Douglas Fairbanks .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Mortimer Wilson (musical score) (1926)
Cinematography by
Henry Sharp (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Bret Hampton (video editor) (1996)
William Nolan (film cutter)
Production Design by
Carl Oscar Borg (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Carl Oscar Borg (supervising art director)
Edward M. Langley (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Jack Holden (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Robert Stephanoff .... makeup artist: Mr. Fairbanks (uncredited)
George Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Theodore Reed .... manager of production
Art Department
Jack Holden .... associate artist
Edward M. Langley .... associate artist
Charles Gemora .... set design/sculptures (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Talmadge .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles E. Lynch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Roy Musgrave .... cinematographer: Technicolor (uncredited)
Ray Rennahan .... cinematographer: Technicolor (uncredited)
Music Department
Philip Calvert .... music recordist: 1996
Robert Israel .... music conductor: 1996
Other crew
Arthur Ball .... staff: Technicolor
George Cave .... staff: Technicolor
Robert Fairbanks .... general manager
Dwight Franklin .... consultant
Robert Nichols .... consultant
Paul Westerbeck .... film-to-tape transfer: Todd-A-O
P.H.L. Wilson .... marine technician
Arthur Woods .... research director (as Dr. Arthur Woods)
Lotta Woods .... scenario editor
Fred Cavens .... fencing master (uncredited)
Herzl Effensachs .... boat wrangler (uncredited)
Charles Lewis .... assistant: Mr. Fairbanks (uncredited)
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88 min | USA:94 min (restored version)
Color (2-strip Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

This was the first two tone technicolor film to be widely distributed.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Dated, but great fun with the astonishing Douglas Fairbanks, 25 February 2002
Author: robertguttman from Tappan, New York

I first heard about this film from my father, who once told me that he saw it as a boy when it first came out and was completely blown away by it. I only recently had the opportunity to see it myself, and I can appreciate his point. Of course it's absurd to compare the production values of an antique movie such as this to modern films, but just see it and try to imagine how it must have seemed to audiences at the Roxy back in 1926!

Needless to say, this elaborate, full-color production is merely a showcase for the incomparable Douglas Fairbanks. Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, Sean Connery and Harrison Ford pale to insignificance beside Fairbank's bravura on-screen personality. Fairbanks virtually invented the "action-adventure" movie, and films like "The Black Pirate" make it clear why he was the biggest movie star of his time.

In addition, bear in mind that there were no stunt men or blue-screen special effects back then. Fairbanks actually DID all those amazing stunts himself! The only latter-day Hollywood star who would (and did) dare to do his own stunts was the equally incomparable Burt Lancaster.

Don't expect modern acting or sensibilities in The Black Pirate, the movie itself is typical 1920s melodrama. The sets are pretty hokey and the plot is absurd. However, just ignore all that while you sit back and enjoy Douglas Fairbanks delivering one of the most spectacular performances ever captured on screen.

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