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The Black Pirate

The Black Pirate (1926)


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Release Date: Mar 8, 1926 Wide



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The Black Pirate was hailed in 1926 as the "return" of the Douglas Fairbanks who'd breezed through several peppy comedies before starring in lavish costume epics like Robin Hood (1922) and Thief of Bagdad (1924). The story involves a young nobleman (Fairbanks) whose father is killed by pirates. He vows to avenge his dad's death by becoming a buccaneer himself and routing out the villains. Along the way, he rescues damsel-in-distress Billie Dove (likewise of noble birth) and engages in a few

Oct 12, 1999

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The authentic, silent, swashbuckling classic, an early two-colour Technicolor production that the athletic Douglas Fairbanks starred in 85 years ago.

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

For this film, Fairbanks scaled back, making it his shortest and least extravagant.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Silent Fairbanks has acrobatic Doug and great effects.

October 25, 2004

Good swashbuckler in early Technicolor marred by stiff direction from Parker.

January 29, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of the silent era’s most spectacular action blockbusters… Fairbanks’s astonishing acrobatics remain dazzling today.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

The best stunts were actually performed by Richard Talmadge, but Fairbanks is captivating.

September 12, 2002
New Times

Audience Reviews for The Black Pirate

one of the first films made entirely in the two-strip technicolor process, fairbanks is always tremendous fun, and it's in public domain so u can watch it here
March 11, 2011
Stella Dallas

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A fantastic pirate movie! I really enjoyed it, it's got adventure, action, excitement, romance, and even technicolor! Fairbanks was an amazing acrobat, and a good choice for a pirate movie. If you like pirate movies, I highly recommend this classic film.
November 27, 2010

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As far as pirate classics go them this is cinema treat. It was released in 1926. Shot in black and white and above all a silent movie, its still 1.5 hours in length and all the action and mystery you would expect from a pirate film.
April 11, 2009

Super Reviewer

This 1926 Douglas Fairbanks adventure vehicle was filmed with an early technicolor process. It is available on DVD with the restored color. Seeing the costumes and pirate ship sets in even this incomplete form of color is worth it. It is a thrill to see the way this gang of pirates is portrayed in the mid-20's. Some of the stunts would be repeated many times in later pirate adventures, but this is no Disney portrayal. Fairbanks vows revenge against the band of pirates, who captured and blew up the ship on which he was traveling. They ultimately caused the death of his father. Fairbanks is a nobleman, who takes on the alias of The Black Pirate to gradually win the trust of and outsmart the scalawags. He defeats the previous Captain (Randolf) in a duel. He wins the admiration of MacTavish (Donald Crisp) and a peg-leg pirate (Wallace) as well as most of the crew by showing them some new "tricks of the trade." He never quite wins over the suspicious Lieutenant (Sam De Grasse) or the anarchic powder man (Stevens). The Black Pirate helps to capture a merchant ship. A beautiful woman (Billie Dove) is found aboard and he tells the men she is a princess. He secretly does everything in his power to protect her, the merchant ship, and its other passengers from the lawlessness of the pirates. Tensions build as the hours pass on the sundial for The Black Pirate's plan. Will the Pirate Lieutenant let the new arrival take power so easily? No. He must save the damsel at all costs and they fall in love. Lots of athletic sword play and climbing all over the ships in Fairbanks' bag of tricks. A nice behind the scenes set of clips is included on the DVD that show how some of the stunts were achieved.
August 14, 2013

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