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Director:
Writers:
Ben Hecht (screenplay) and
Seton I. Miller (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
4 December 1942 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Seas Ablaze...with black villainy, with fiery romance, with breathless deeds of daring...in the roaring era of Love, Gold and Adventure!
Plot:
An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who's tougher than she seems. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Avid lover of Pirate films See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tyrone Power ... Jamie Waring

Maureen O'Hara ... Lady Margaret Denby
Laird Cregar ... Capt. Henry Morgan

Thomas Mitchell ... Tommy Blue

George Sanders ... Capt. Billy Leech

Anthony Quinn ... Wogan
George Zucco ... Lord Denby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Ashley ... Roger Ingram (uncredited)
Bonnie Bannon ... Lady in Waiting in the Courtroom (uncredited)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Don Miguel (uncredited)
John Burton ... Capt. Blaine (uncredited)
Rita Christiani ... Dancer (uncredited)

Helene Costello ... Woman (uncredited)
Bryn Davis ... Woman (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Town Crier (uncredited)
Charles Francis ... Capt. Higgs (uncredited)
Willie Fung ... Chinese Cook (uncredited)
Jody Gilbert ... Flossy Woman with Tommy (uncredited)
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Assemblyman (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... Majordomo (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Clerk Reading Proclamation (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Assemblyman (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Sea Captain (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Assemblyman (uncredited)
Frank Leigh ... Sea Captain (uncredited)
Cyril McLaglen ... Capt. Jones (uncredited)
Charles McNaughton ... Mr. Fenner (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Margaret's Servant (uncredited)
Stuart Robertson ... Capt. Graham (uncredited)
C. Montague Shaw ... Assemblyman (uncredited)
Arthur Shields ... The Bishop (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Sea Captain (uncredited)
Frederick Worlock ... Speaker of Assembly (uncredited)
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Directed by
Henry King 
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (screenplay) and
Seton I. Miller (screenplay)

Seton I. Miller (adaptation)

Rafael Sabatini (novel)

Produced by
Robert Bassler .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Richard Day 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick 
 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
William Koenig .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albert R. Broccoli .... assistant director (uncredited)
Henry Weinberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
George Leverett .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Hamilton .... location photographer (uncredited)
Ray Rennahan .... location photographer (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg .... location photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Al Thayer .... location photographer (uncredited)
Paul Uhl .... location photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
David Buttolph .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate Technicolor director
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor director
Lionel Bevans .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Fred Cavens .... fencing instructor (uncredited)
William Gallagher .... production assistant (uncredited)
Harold Godsoe .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Ray C. Moore .... location manager (uncredited)
Harold Lloyd Morris .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Robert D. Webb .... location director (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rafael Sabatini's The Black Swan" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
87 min (copyright time) | USA:85 min (current existing footage) | Portugal:85 min (re-release) (censored version)
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Color:
Black and White (reissue) | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (PCA #8421) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Capt. Sir Henry Morgan:You do not *vote* pirates off the seas. You engage them, rake, and scuttle them. My lords and gentlemen, we have ships, brave captains, and fine crews. How do you stand on that, lads? Are you ready to do a little law-abiding killing for king and country?
Tom 'Tommy' Blue:It's better than none!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Avid lover of Pirate films, 24 August 2004
Author: liljc55 from Texas, USA

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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