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The Black Swan (1942)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 4 December 1942 (USA)
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An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who's tougher than she seems.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screenplay), Seton I. Miller (screenplay) (as Seton I.Miller) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Jamie Waring
Maureen O'Hara ... Lady Margaret Denby
Laird Cregar ... Captain Henry Morgan
Thomas Mitchell ... Tommy Blue
George Sanders ... Captain Billy Leech
Anthony Quinn ... Wogan
George Zucco ... Lord Denby
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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 {J-26}

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rafael Sabatini's The Black Swan See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuba See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,012,600, 3 February 1943
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright time) | (current existing footage) | (re-release) (censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White (reissue)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Three of the cast-members in "The Black Swan" won Supporting Actor Oscars at some point in their careers: Thomas Mitchell for Stagecoach (1939), George Sanders for All About Eve (1950), and Anthony Quinn for both Viva Zapata! (1952) and Lust for Life (1956). See more »

Goofs

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

[as he binds and gags Lady Margaret before abducting her]
Jamie: You make courtship a little more strenuous than I like it.
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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 Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) 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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Swashbuckler Tyrone Powers is vanquished by the beauty of Maureen O'Hara
5 February 2001 | by rowiddowSee all my reviews

With an excellent screenplay, outstanding cinematography, and stars who galvanize the screen, The Black Swan promises to satisfy its viewers. Made in the period when the Hollywood Studio System was at the peak of its creative, industrial powers, this swashbuckler is a visual feast. Maureen O'Hara and Tyrone Powers shine as lovers who begin their romance by loathing each other. The clever dialogue and sexual innuendo between the leads tantalizes us as we see them fall more deeply in love. But don't think this movie is only about romance. There's plenty of action, adventure, and swordplay, too! If you enjoy this one, you'll also enjoy other adventures starring Tyrone Power, Mississippi Gambler and King of the Khyber Rifles.


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