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The Black Swan (Le cygne noir)

Tyrone Power , Maureen O'Hara , Henry King    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara cross romantic swords in this epic Oscar®-winning* swashbuckler about a pirate determined to reform his thieving ways – after he steals one last heart!

Recently reformed pirate Jamie Boy (Power) is supposed to be helping the new Governor of Jamaica, Captain Morgan, rid the Caribbean of black-hearted buccaneers. But when Jamie falls head over keel for the heavenly – but hotheaded – Lady Margaret (O’Hara), he gives caution the heave-ho, kidnaps Margaret and sets sail for the adventure of a lifetime! Packed with “action, excitement, thundering guns and a maiden in distress” (Variety), this “brawny, blood-curdling” (Look Magazine) high-seas saga that remains a rollicking, “timeless pleasure” (Los Angeles Times)! * Best Cinematography, Color: Leon Shamroy, 1942.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The most gorgeous movies ever made were in the 1940s and 1950s, and all were in Technicolor. One of the most popular male stars to appear in Technicolor was Tyrone Power, and this is another one of his great titles. It is a rip-roaring, exciting pirate adventure that is VASTLY superior to "Pirates of the Caribbean". Lovely Maureen O'Hara photographs beautiful in Technicolor, as does George Sanders (in a red beard!).
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent 1940's swashbuckler Dec 24 2003
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Tyrone Power and the stunning flame haired Maureen O'Hara make a fetching couple in the colorful and rollicking swashbuckling costumer The Black Swan.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rousing and beautifully made pirate saga May 1 2002
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"The Black Swan" along with one or twoother such films can easily be called the very best Pirate films ever produced during Hollywoods Golden age.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Women love it, too April 19 2004
Format:VHS Tape
(...) Yes, it's a bit "sexist" by today's standards, but have you read a romance novel lately? There is some odd appeal many women have for "reforming" the bad seed through love. Yeah, it never happens in real life, but who says movies have to be real life? I don't understand the psychology behind it, but I do understand a good pirate movie with sword fights, danger at sea, and damsels in distress. A great example of the classic Hollywood genre and I can watch it over and over!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment Sept. 25 2003
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This movie is a real crass act. Garish color and boorish heroes add up to three stars at best. Considering the good reviews The Black Swan gets, I expected more. Perhaps Tyrone Power was limited by the script to play an unkind and unnecessarily violent man who showed verve and some honor, but really very little charm. Except that it was the end of the movie, I saw no reason at all why "the Lady Margaret" fell for him at all. He wasn't witty or caring; he was helpful to her only when it served his own ends, and he didn't save her life in any direct way. Some kind of role model for boys growing up in the 40s!
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Swan [1942] [Blu-ray] [US Import] July 19 2014
By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER

Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara cross romantic swords in this epic OSCAR® Winning swashbuckler. Reformed pirate Jamie Boy [Tyrone Power] is supposed to be helping the new governor of Jamaica rid the Caribbean of black-hearted buccaneers. But when he falls head over heels for Lady Margaret [Maureen O'Hara] he kidnaps her and sets sail for the adventure of a lifetime. The film won an Academy Award® and was nominated for two more, which was as follows:

Won: Best Cinematography [Leon Shamroy]

Nominated: Best Visual Effects [Fred Sersen, Roger Heman Sr. and George Leverett] and Best Original Score [Alfred Newman]

FILM FACTS: The film is based on part on real-life pirate Sir Henry Morgan, who plundered the Caribbean in daring raids with his crew during the 1600s.

Cast: Tyrone Power, Maureen O’Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell, George Sanders, Anthony Quinn and George Zucco

Director: Henry King

Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck and Robert Bassler

Screenplay: Ben Hecht and Seton I. Miller

Composer: Alfred Newman

Cinematographer: Leon Shamroy

Audio: English: 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 1.0 Dolby Digital and Spanish: 1.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 1.
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Most recent customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was ok.
Published 1 month ago by Claudette Weissig
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Good movie. Enjoyed the fight scenes
Published 3 months ago by George Rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirates and Swashbucklers
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 11 months ago by Diane Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirates Rule!
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 12 months ago by Bruce Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great technicolor swashbuckler
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 more
Published 21 months ago by mario s
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Family Entertainment
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 more
Published on Jan. 3 2009 by TDN
5.0 out of 5 stars D'arr!
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 more
Published on Aug. 8 2003 by Yossarian
5.0 out of 5 stars a great film!
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 more
Published on Feb. 14 2003 by Rosella Ann Myles
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