The Black Pirate (1926)

The Black Pirate (1926)




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Sworn to avenge his father's murder, a young aristocrat takes on a new role as an infamous pirate, cheerfully pillaging the seven seas until he achieves proper justice. This rapid-paced, silent Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler, rampant with stuntwork and including early Technicolor scenes, is topnotch fun.
Action & Adventure , Classics
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United Artists

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Douglas Fairbanks
as The Duke of Arnoldo / The Black Pirate
Billie Dove
as Princess Isobel
Donald Crisp
as MacTavish
Anders Randolf
as Pirate Captain
Tempe Piggott
as Duenna
Sam De Grasse
as Lieutenant
Charles Stevens
as Powder man
Charles Belcher
as Chief Passenger
Mrs. Piggolt
as Duenna
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Critic Reviews for The Black Pirate

All Critics (10)

It's an entertaining, for its time, swashbuckling tale of revenge on the high seas.

Full Review… | November 18, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | May 14, 2011

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

Full Review… | December 23, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

Silent Fairbanks has acrobatic Doug and great effects.

October 25, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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

January 28, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review… | July 25, 2003
Decent Films Guide

Audience Reviews for The Black Pirate

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.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer


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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


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.

Aj V
Aj V

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