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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 ... Capt. Henry Morgan
Thomas Mitchell ... Tommy Blue
George Sanders ... Capt. 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 <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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Details

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

Margaret Denby: Captain Waring! CAPTAIN WARING!
Tom 'Tommy' Blue: Clear the deck for action, Henry. Here comes the lass broadside!
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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
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Alfred Newman
Played during the opening credits and sung by an offscreen chorus
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The most Stylistic in the swashbuckler genre
10 July 2000 | by david-564See all my reviews

Tyrone Power was undoubtedly the most stylish and certainly the most handsome and articulate of the great Hollywood swashbuckers from the 30s to the late 50s. In this movie he coyld not have been bettered (Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. included), The starry cast,music,costumes and settings brought vividly to life the Spanish Main,Maracaibo and other Pirate ports of call.With a great family theatrical tradition behind him,Power's presence enriched every movie he made (what a twist of fate that he died exactly as his father Tyrone Power Sr.did,filming a duel scene -"Hamlet" and "Solomon and Sheba). I believe that Power's acting ability even today is not fully recognised,simply because the Studio System restricted his choice of film.Let anyone hear Power recite the poems of Byron (available on disc) and realise his premature death was a tragedy."THE BLACK SWAN" could be said to represent a golden period in the history of Hollywood swashbucklers.


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