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8 March 1926 (USA) See more »
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  (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:
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Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Douglas Fairbanks Swashes His Buckle In Grand Fashion, 4 September 2000
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

A nobleman vows vengeance on the cutthroats responsible for his father's death. Becoming THE BLACK PIRATE, he joins their scurvy crew and quickly becomes their leader. But his plans for revenge become more complicated when he meets his first captive - a beautiful Spanish princess.

Roistering, robust & richly detailed, this was one of Douglas Fairbanks' greatest films. With enough excitement to satisfy any lover of adventure, one needs only read the film's prologue to get an idea of its delights: 'A page from the History and Lives of the most Bloodthirsty PIRATES who ever infested THE SOUTHERN SEAS. Being an account of BUCCANEERS & the Spanish MAIN, the Jolly Roger, Golden Galleons, bleached skulls, BURIED TREASURE, the Plank, dirks & cutlasses, SCUTTLED SHIPS, marooning, DESPERATE DEEDS, DESPERATE MEN, and - even on this dark soil - ROMANCE.' Aside from the bleached skulls, everything else is there as promised

Fairbanks is a joy to behold, exulting in his physical prowess, becoming a legend of the screen before the delighted eyes of the viewer. Can any other swashbuckler top the flair or élan of the sequence where Doug captures a merchantman single-handed, climbing up the forecastle & sliding down the slit sails on his dagger, light as any sprite? No one else would have even dared.

As the princess, Billie Dove is beautiful, but has very little to do except look frightened. Donald Crisp, in a change of pace role, is very enjoyable as a gruff one-armed Scots pirate who befriends Fairbanks. Anders Randolf & Sam De Grasse are the black-hearted pirate captain & lieutenant whom Doug must contend with and they are nasty indeed.

A milestone in cinematic history, this was one of the first movies to be filmed entirely in Technicolor. In its restored version, it is very pleasant to the eyes, its antique hues perfectly complementing the richly textured art design, costumes & sets.

For those interested in such things, there are explanations for the various special effects (the underwater attack, for instance), but the reader will need to look elsewhere for them. Sometimes too many facts can spoil the illusion of daydreams so necessary for the enjoyment of silent cinema. Find this fabulous film & dream on.

Too bad about the bleached skulls, though...

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