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The Black Swan (1942)

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

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

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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>

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


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4 December 1942 (USA)  »

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Rafael Sabatini's The Black Swan  »

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

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Although it is supposed to be based on Rafael Sabatini's novel "The Black Swan", in fact the story is completely original, and the only character retained from the original novel is the historical personage Henry Morgan. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, when Jamie is on the stretching board the camera angle repeatedly switches from a close-up to a wide angle and back again. Every time the close-up is shown, Jamie is looking over his right shoulder. When the camera switches to wide angle, Jamie is always looking straight forward. See more »

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[one of Leech's crew sits on the hatch over the hold containing the imprisoned seamen of the Revenge]
Tom 'Tommy' Blue: You may lock me in a hole, you varmints, but you can't sit on me. Here's to you. Bottoms up!
[Tommy jabs the pirate with a knife]
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Heave Ho
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Music and Lyrics by Alfred Newman
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The most Stylistic in the swashbuckler genre

Tyrone Power was undoubtedly the most stylish and certainly the most handsome and articulate of the great Hollywood swashbuckers from the 30s to the late 50s. In this movie he coyld not have been bettered (Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. included), The starry cast,music,costumes and settings brought vividly to life the Spanish Main,Maracaibo and other Pirate ports of call.With a great family theatrical tradition behind him,Power's presence enriched every movie he made (what a twist of fate that he died exactly as his father Tyrone Power Sr.did,filming a duel scene -"Hamlet" and "Solomon and Sheba). I believe that Power's acting ability even today is not fully recognised,simply because the Studio System restricted his choice of film.Let anyone hear Power recite the poems of Byron (available on disc) and realise his premature death was a tragedy."THE BLACK SWAN" could be said to represent a golden period in the history of Hollywood swashbucklers.


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