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Fox needs to stop being so concerned about The Simpsons and The X-Files and start releasing all of Tyrone Power's movies on DVD, including this one. Tyrone Power was the handsomest actor in Hollywood, and his movies were some of the best ever made.
Set in the Caribbean in the 1650's, the former pirate Henry Morgan, played by the blustering and unfortunate titan Laird Cregar has just been named governor of Jamaica. He commissions his right hand man captain Jamie Waring played by the dashing Power, and his mates to rid the area of pirates. Captain Billy Leech played by the ridiculously red wigged and bearded George Sanders refuses to follow Morgan's orders. Aided by Anthony Quinn, complete with eyepatch, they set out to plunder Maracaibo on the The Black Swan.
Power, smitten with O'Hara, who plays the former Jamaican governor's daughter, kidnaps her and sets out to sea after Sanders.
Director Henry King uses a familiar Hollywood formula of adventure, romance, and attractive stars to create a pretty fair representative of this genre.
I'll ignore, as I hope all readers will, the amazingly sexist heading by a previous reviewer that this film needs to be reviewed by a woman (total hogwash!!)and say that this is a splendid story filled with romance on the high seas, great pirate duels, and exciting action adventure. The production really has it all and benefits greatly from its two exalted leads. Tyrone Power was at the peak of his career when he made "The Black Swan" in 1942 and in this production he is all suave swashbuckler with a touch of the cheeky quality the Power brought to so much of his work. He is admirably matched here by the beautiful and spirited Maureen O'Hara who won, with time the dubious title of "Queen of the Pirate flicks" .She more than matches Tyrone with spunk and daring in this production.
The always reliable George Sanders donning a scruffy red beard plays the villian of the piece with his usual sarcastic wit and skullduggery and he plays beautifully off Tyrone's more polished image of everyones idea of the perfect swashbuckler.
The overraul production of "The Black Swan" is aided firstly by the strong action dominated direction of Henry King who guided Tyrone on numerous occasions through some of his best work, and secondly by the beautiful technicolour photography. Rarely has there been a more gorgeous looking production than "The Black Swan". The obvious generous budget (probably one of the last with World War 2 fast approaching) is put to splendid use here in the rich scenes set in the Carribbean, the really wonderful ship models used and the on location photography employed.Read more ›
Folks, Captain Blood is still the best pirate movie (and best doctor movie) ever.
On the plus side, The Black Swan's action sequences are good enough to carry the movie along. There is some very fast swordplay and the large, elaborate ship models are beautiful to see.
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Great old movie with a wonderful cast of actors. Very entertaining. I love old movies as they don't make them this way anymore.Published on Nov. 10 2013 by Diane Edwards
I love pirate movies and the old classics are the best (no offence Johnny Depp). If you like the genre, this is one for your collection.Published on Oct. 4 2013 by Bruce Cowan
The BLACK SWAN bought from a seller in the USA through Amazon.ca, with Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara is another one of those great colourful swashbucklers of the past, that is... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2013 by mario s
They just don't have it anymore, it a lost art to make movies with a story. Tyronne Power is one of the great actors that made movies with a story of substance with out making it... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2009 by TDN
The Black Swan is one of the great pirate films, in part because it manages to have a sense of humor without ever lapsing into farce. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003 by Yossarian
It has romance adventure, great scenery and costumes, everything. Maureen O'Hara and Tyrone Power make such a wonderful couple. Tempers flash as well. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2003 by Rosella Ann Myles