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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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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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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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The plot is set in 1674 but the map of Maracaibo bears the legend "Plan by Thomas Canoys 1697" some 23 years later. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Sir Henry Morgan: [addressing Jamie Waring] Now put your shirt on. You look much too naked for a decent English gentleman.
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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 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) 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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Romance and Adventure in Full Sail
18 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

This may be an "escapist" movie but it's one of my very favorites: rich technicolor, clever romantic repartee in the script . . . plus Tyrone Power in a red & black outfit "to die for." When old Ty wasn't trying to appear rough and tough with a few hairs and some stray wine drops on his chest, that is (I think they used to shave chests then, along with pit hair).

FUN! This movie proves you don't even have to have a sex scene to get your imagination working and then some.

Throw in some fencing (Tyrone did his own), plenty of tall ships, excellent secondary role actors, including George Sanders and Anthony Quinn. Wow, all I can say is this movie was so good, I bought it so I can see it over and over again.


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