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The Black Pirate (1926)

Seeking revenge, an athletic young man joins the pirate band responsible for his father's death.

Director:

Albert Parker

Writers:

Douglas Fairbanks (story) (as Elton Thomas), Jack Cunningham (adapted by)
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Complete credited cast:
Billie Dove ... Princess Isobel (as Miss Billie Dove)
Tempe Pigott ... Duenna (as Miss Tempe Pigett)
Donald Crisp ... MacTavish (as Mr. Donald Crisp)
Sam De Grasse ... Pirate Lieutenant (as Mr. Sam de Grasse)
Anders Randolf ... Pirate Captain (as Mr. Anders Randolf)
Charles Stevens ... Powder Man (as Mr.Charles Stevens)
John Wallace John Wallace ... Peg-Leg Pirate (as Mr. John Wallace)
Fred Becker Fred Becker ... Pirate (as Mr. Fred Becker)
Charles Belcher Charles Belcher ... Chief Passenger - Nobleman (as Mr. Charles Belcher)
E.J. Ratcliffe E.J. Ratcliffe ... The Governor (as Mr. D. J. Ratcliffe)
Douglas Fairbanks ... The Duke of Arnoldo / The Black Pirate (as Mr. Douglas Fairbanks)
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A nobleman vows to avenge the death of his father at the hands of pirates. To this end he infiltrates the pirate band. Acting in character he is instrumental in the capture of a ship, but things are complicated when he finds that there is a young woman on board whom he wishes to protect from the threat of rape. Written by David Chappell <David.Chappell@mail.trincoll.edu>

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DISCOVERED! A Buried Treasure of Youthful Happiness ADVENTURE-ROMANCE Come search for it with this most glorious of all pirates. Come dig up- the thrill and joy of those days, when imagination ran wild with a thirst for buccaneering. To see the Black Pirate is to enjoy the thrill of thrills. Satisfy the ambition of a lifetime by being a pirate bold or a pirate's sweetheart- just for an evening. (Print Ad-Middlesboro Daily News, ((Middlesboro, Ky.)) 12 November 1926) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Action

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Donald Crisp was the original director, but after a few days of filming had a falling-out with star Douglas Fairbanks and was replaced by Albert Parker. See more »

Goofs

At about 31 minutes into the film, there are several shots of the "Black Pirate" aiming two swivel cannons at the viewer, interspersed with reaction shots of other actors. The first shot shows him in front of a whitish background (eg an overcast sky), the second such shot (a few seconds later) has a pitch black background. All such shots after that have the white background. See more »

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Referenced in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) See more »

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Everything you want in a pirate movie...
16 March 2003 | by SinjinSBSee all my reviews

I knew little of this film before watching it, but am glad I found it. It's an excellent early film about a group of cutthroats. The thing that surprised me the most was that it was in color. It was filmed using the experimental two-color technicolor process. After watching the "Making of", apparently Douglas fairbanks was a real pioneer in that area and did much research on color film. This was my first Fairbanks film and I was quite impressed with not only his screen presence, but his ability to do impressive stuntwork, including the infamous sliding down a sail on a knife. This film had all the requirements of a pirate movie... Swordplay, torture, murder, robbery, kidnapping, romance, and even walking the plank. As well as the infamous quote, "Dead men tell no tales!". It had a decent score by Mortimer Wilson that was mostly fitting. One scene I found amusing, was when the pirates drew lots for the monkey. If you're a fan of pirate movies, this is a must see. I found it quite enjoyable.

*** (out of 4)


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

8 March 1926 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Elton Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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