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The Black Swan (1942)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 4 December 1942 (USA)
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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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>

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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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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original ending was scrapped and a new one shot so that the film would pass the censor. The original ending had both Tyrone Power's and Maureen O'Hara's character jumping into the sea. See more »

Goofs

The ships are fairly authentic looking for the era, but they are being steered by a wheel. This came into fashion some 25 years after the story takes place. A common error in pirate movies. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Sir Henry Morgan: I wish my nature hadn't changed. I'd have made that whole assembly walk the plank.
Jamie: You can't go wrong drowning politicians, Morgan.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is a story of the Spanish Main - - when Villainy wore a Sash, and the only political creed in the world was - - - Love, Gold, and Adventure. See more »

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Featured in Pirates of Tortuga (1961) See more »

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Heave Ho
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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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Avid lover of Pirate films
24 August 2004 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is so wonderful. I remember seeing it for the first time when I was around six years of age, and Tyrone Power became my first crush. After seeing the Black Swan I became ridiculously obsessed with pirates. (My mother wondered if there was something wrong with me, considering all the other girls on my block were playing with Barbies and I was watching movies about pirates.) I think the cinematography is just perfectly lovely in this film, and Tyrone Power truly is a great actor. People speak truthfully when they say he did not get the credit he deserved, (much like Johnny Depp) but I deeply respect the late actor, and he captured my heart. If you love films of mutineers, swashbuckling adventure, and roguish characters, then this film is for you. It will sweep you away to an old world where gallantry was sought after and pirates were the scum of the earth.....


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