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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:
Routine Technicolor pirate adventure is improved by the presence of Tyrone Power and an impressive cast… 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)

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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Language:
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:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
[Don Miguel's interrogation of Jamie Waring is interrupted by the sound of cannon fire]
Don Miguel:What is that?
Jamie:The devil looking after his own!
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Routine Technicolor pirate adventure is improved by the presence of Tyrone Power and an impressive cast…, 18 December 2006
Author: Peter Andres from Petersburg, Vasaria

While Leon Shamroy's Oscar-winning Technicolor cinematography certainly delivers this pirate adventure in a glorious package, it does little to improve the film. The film looks gorgeous and the cast is excellent, but the film is a disappointment. Somehow the film is inferior to my two favorite Tyrone Power adventure films, THE MARK OF ZORRO (1940) and SON OF FURY (1942).

The film is talky and somewhat tedious despite the marvelous cast. We have Anthony Quinn in the small role of a villainous buccaneer and the mighty Laird Cregar as an extravagant Captain Henry Morgan. We have the delightful Thomas Mitchell reprising his Gerald O'Hara accent as an Irish pirate and an unrecognizable George Sanders as a villainous red-bearded pirate. And I should leave room for Maureen O'Hara as the feisty and hotheaded love interest of Tyrone Power.

But I watched the film for one reason only: Tyrone Power. Due to his lively and nimble performance and athleticism, he makes a wonderful roguish pirate that reminds contemporary viewers of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow in the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films. I consider Power a better actor than Errol Flynn due to Power's on-screen enthusiasm, his serious drive to become an actor, and his will to struggle for more diverse roles in his days at 20th Century-Fox. With his dashing good looks and frequent shirtless scenes throughout the film, it's no wonder that he made so many female moviegoers drool over him. Good heavens, I wish I was that handsome.

Unfortunately, the chemistry of Power and O'Hara together is nowhere near as magical as the chemistry between Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. The fights scenes are minimal and they look awkward and obviously sped-up when performed, therefore leaving me with a cold feeling instead of a feeling of excitement. Time has not been kind to the Oscar-nominated special effects and only a few of the effects shots are convincing. However, Alfred Newman's score is memorable and rousing and makes up for the lulls in the film along the way.

Pirate lovers should have a fun time with this one, but the film is not one of Tyrone Power's best. Although the sweeping grandeur of THE BLACK SWAN is certainly colorful, the film lacks the spirit of my two favorite Tyrone Power adventure films.

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