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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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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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The ship in the picture was also used in the films That Hamilton Woman (1941), The Princess and the Pirate (1944) and Captain Kidd (1945). See more »

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When Jamie slaps Lady Denby, the sound effect for the slap comes noticeably late - Jamie's hand is long past her face when the effect is played. See more »

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Capt. Sir Henry Morgan: I am Sir Henry Morgan.
Roger Ingram: From the looks of you it could be nothing else.
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Heave Ho
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Music and Lyrics by Alfred Newman
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What is that?..........the devil looking after his own!
27 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the story of the Spanish Main, when villainy wore a sash, and the only political creed in the world was, love, gold........and adventure!

The Black Swan finds Tyrone Power at his swashbuckling best, here as James "Boy" Waring, a pirate starting to find his conscience as he starts to find love, Power is devilishly handsome and swaggers about with knowingly comic abandon. Tho this Henry King directed picture reeks of being an illegitimate child to Errol Flynn's fabulous Captain Blood, it has such a great sense of fun and high production values, it really doesn't matter one jot. The colour cinematography from Leon Shamroy rightly won an Academy Award, whilst the nomination for Alfred Newman's booming score and the one for special effects team were very much deserved. The other thing to note is the fabulous costumes courtesy of Earl Luick, splendid attire, none more so than evidenced by Laird Cregar's joyous Henry Morgan. George Sanders and a ravishing Maureen O'Hara are in on the fun and really it's a film that to me is impossible not to enjoy, so avast yee lubbers and buckle up your swash. 7/10


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