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The Black Swan [1942] [DVD]

4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Maureen O'Hara, Tyrone Power, Thomas Mitchell, Anthony Quinn, George Zucco
  • Directors: Henry King
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Mono, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Aug. 2006
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EZ3F3A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,636 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic swashbuckling adventure, starring Tyrone Power. Notorious pirate Henry Morgan (Laird Cregar) is made governor of Jamaica and sets about recruiting some of his old comrades to help him rid the Caribbean of buccaneers. But when one of them abducts the previous governor's beautiful daughter and joins a group of rebels, the scene is set for a swashbuckling showdown.

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THE BLACK SWAN [1942] [Blu-ray] [US Import] The Archetypal Technicolor Swashbuckler . . . A Timeless Pleasure!

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.

FILM FACT: The film won an Academy Award® and was nominated for two more. Won: Best Cinematography for Leon Shamroy. Nominated: Best Visual Effects for Fred Sersen, Roger Heman Sr. and George Leverett. Best Original Score for Alfred Newman. The film is based on a novel by Rafael Sabatini, about the real-life pirate Sir Henry Morgan, who plundered the Caribbean in daring raids with his crew during the 1600s. This was the final film of silent star Helene Costello.

Cast: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell, George Sanders, Anthony Quinn, George Zucco, Edward Ashley (uncredited), Helene Costello (uncredited), John Burton (uncredited), Charles Francis (uncredited), Willie Fung (uncredited), Charles Irwin (uncredited), Frank Leigh (uncredited), Cyril McLaglen (uncredited), Charles McNaughton (uncredited), Clarence Muse (uncredited), Stuart Robertson (uncredited), C. Montague Shaw (uncredited), Arthur Shields (uncredited), David Thursby (uncredited) and Frederick Worlock (uncredited)

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.
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This is the story of the Spanish Main, when villainy wore a sash, and the only political creed in the world was, love, gold........and adventure!

The Black Swan finds Tyrone Power at his swashbuckling best, here as James "Boy" Waring, a pirate starting to find his conscience as he starts to find love, Power is devilishly handsome and swaggers about with knowingly comic abandon. Tho this Henry King directed picture reeks of being an illegitimate child to Errol Flynn's fabulous Captain Blood, it has such a great sense of fun and high production values, it really doesn't matter one jot. The colour cinematography from Leon Shamroy rightly won an Academy Award, whilst the nomination for Alfred Newman's booming score and the one for special effects team were very much deserved. The other thing to note is the fabulous costumes courtesy of Earl Luick, splendid attire, none more so than evidenced by Laird Cregar's joyous Henry Morgan. George Sanders and a ravishing Maureen O'Hara are in on the fun and really it's a film that to me is impossible not to enjoy, so avast yee lubbers and buckle up your swash. 7/10
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Good old fashioned swashbuckler in glorious Technicolor has Tyrone Power renouncing his pirate days to help enforce British sovereignty in the Caribbean. Literate script from Seton Miller and Ben Hecht is especially well served by the wonderful Laird Cregar as the flamboyant governor of Jamacia and George Sanders who seems to be having a high old time as the rebel pirate Captain Leech.Maureen O'Hara is both spirited and quite beautiful as the love interest.
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This is truly vintage pirate stuff. Not as well known as Flyn's pirate movies but this has great script & caste that delivers a real golden age of hollwood experience...the digitised version is hard to tell from restored film & worth having in the collection
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This is a fun film, which I enjoyed. Not heavy or thought provoking, just fun.
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Maureen O'Hara at her red-haired feisty best, Tyrone Power as masculine and handsome as ever, Thomas Mitchell providing comic interludes. Worth a viewing
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This film brought back wonderful memories when movies was the only kind of entertainment that we had.
I enjoyed watching it again.
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