MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,992 this week

The Black Swan (1942)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  4 December 1942 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 2,762 users  
Reviews: 46 user | 26 critic

An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who's tougher than she seems.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 26 Aug 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 25 Dec 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Black Swan" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Black Swan (1942)

The Black Swan (1942) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Black Swan.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two lookalike boys, one a poor street kid and the other a prince, exchange places to see what the other's life is like.

Directors: William Keighley, William Dieterle
Stars: Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Henry Stephenson
Kim (1950)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Buring the British Raj, the orphan of a British soldier poses as a Hindu and is torn between his loyalty to a Buddhist mystic and aiding the English secret service.

Director: Victor Saville
Stars: Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lukas
Jungle Book (1942)
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A boy raised by wolves tries to adapt to human village life.

Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen
Francis (1950)
Comedy | War | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Mule Wiser Than Many of the Humans.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Patricia Medina, Zasu Pitts
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans (he stern, she gentle) raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Laird Cregar ...
...
...
...
Wogan
George Zucco ...
Lord Denby
Edit

Storyline

When notorious pirate Henry Morgan is made governor of Jamaica, he enlists the help of some of his former partners in ridding the Carribean of Buccaneers. When one of them apparently abducts the previous governor's pretty daughter and joins up with the rebels, things are set for a fight. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Seas Ablaze...with black villainy, with fiery romance, with breathless deeds of daring...in the roaring era of Love, Gold and Adventure!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

4 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rafael Sabatini's The Black Swan  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright time) | (current existing footage) | (re-release) (censored)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(reissue)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The reissue version was released in black-and-white. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1679. But one of the maps is mislabeled to indicate the year is 1697. See more »

Quotes

[Don Miguel's interrogation of Jamie Waring is interrupted by the sound of cannon fire]
Don Miguel: What is that?
Jamie: The devil looking after his own!
See more »

Connections

Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Heave Ho
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Alfred Newman
Played during the opening credits and sung by an offscreen chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ty At His Swashbuckling Best
12 August 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Black Swan And The Mark of Zorro show Tyrone Power at the height of his career. This was the Tyrone Power that the public wanted to see, but who he got tired of being. He was constantly after 20th Century Fox and Darryl Zanuck to give him more challenging roles.

Jamie Warring is another of Power's patented hero/heel characterizations. When we first meet him, Power's a totally unrepentant scalawag who has but one virtue, loyalty to the former pirate leader Henry Morgan. Morgan by all accounts was an effective and charismatic leader both in this film and in history. But that leadership is put to the test when the British government decides he's the only man capable of dealing with his former compatriots.

Laird Cregar as Morgan makes a plea for the group to turn honest. But there's a fly in the ointment. A dissident group led by George Sanders and Anthony Quinn don't want to give up the pirate lifestyle. It's up to Morgan, Power and the rest to then eradicate them.

Power at his hero/heel best is not above forcing his attentions on Maureen O'Hara the daughter of the former governor of Jamaica. Those attentions gradually move from the unwanted to the very much wanted, especially after Power and O'Hara are captured by Sanders. For the rest, well as they you just have to tune in.

The Black Swan deservedly won Oscars for special effects and color cinematography. It's unfortunate that today there are so few actors capable of playing the swashbuckling hero the way Ty Power could. He may have wanted to do more, but Darryl Zanuck knew exactly what the public wanted to see Tyrone Power in. It's worth a look.


18 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Tyrone Power Abuses Maureen O'Hara Over and Over Yxklyx
Best Movie Ever? mrmagilakutty
This move is worth seeing... Alhanna
Who is the Character Actor? mamaleh483
Fox Movie Channel? DavidLanceRoten
this movie is on dvd i bought it yesterday! rck_n_rll
Discuss The Black Swan (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?