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The Black Swan

The Black Swan (1942)

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Release Date: Dec 4, 1942 Wide

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Perhaps unintentionally, the 1942 Technicolor swashbuckler The Black Swan is a bondage fetishist's dream, with hero and heroine Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara taking turns being tied up and imprisoned throughout the film's brisk 85-minute running time. Very loosely adapted by Ben Hecht and Seton I. Miller from a novel by Rafael Sabatini, the film casts Power as rogueish, hot-tempered buccaneer Jamie Waring, who considers the day wasted when he hasn't sacked a Spanish galleon or plundered a rich

Jul 11, 2006

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Of the old-time pirate movies, the top tier may be crowded with films like 'Captain Blood,' 'The Sea Hawk,' and 'The Crimson Pirate.' But 'The Black Swan' ranks just under those.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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A rousing adventure story where the actors seemed in their element with all the hokum.

March 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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In 1942, The Black Swan was probably the greatest thing ever. I'm sure I would've gone to see it every night of the week if I saw this movie nearly 70 years ago. But since that's not the case and I recently saw the superior Adventures of Robin Hood, The Black Swan is merely just okay. The opening is pretty strong and the back and forth between Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara (if I had to narrow it down for only one reason for anyone to see this movie it would be her beautiful bitchiness) was fun. Throw in the rest of the cast and some fun action and its worth the watch.
February 11, 2011
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This is one of my favourite pirate movies. It has it all, action, adventure, excitement, drama, romance, even a bit of humour. I loved it.
October 3, 2010
ajv2688

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A lesser swashbuckler that's fun but much more about sword fights and cannon fire than it is about story or character development.

NOTE: Look for a very young Anthony Quinn in a minor role.
March 26, 2010
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Randy Tippy

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One of the better Power adventure films, well directed and beautifully presented in Technicolor. Maureen O'Hara is her usual fiery self, Tyrone dashing and a supporting cast (Thomas Mitchell, Laird Cregar) that is really too good for this kind of thing, See if you can keep track of how many times they say the word gibbet.
December 9, 2009
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