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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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 <>

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Seas Ablaze...with black villainy, with fiery romance, with breathless deeds of 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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Three of the cast-members in "The Black Swan" won Supporting Actor Oscars at some point in their careers: Thomas Mitchell for Stagecoach (1939), George Sanders for All About Eve (1950), and Anthony Quinn for both Viva Zapata! (1952) and Lust for Life (1956). See more »


(at around 45 minutes) During the carriage-ride scene, the carriage is passing under trees and shadows are cast on the carriage and its occupants. The shadows are going in the wrong direction. See more »


Margaret Denby: Jamieboy! You know your not supposed to be out of bed! Haven't you caused me enough trouble already? Get back to your bunk! Oh, Jamieboy.
Jamie: That's only twice. Once more I said 'three' times.
Margaret Denby: Jamieboy...
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Featured in The Pirate Movie (1982) See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Alfred Newman
Played during the opening credits and sung by an offscreen chorus
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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.

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