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½ May 3, 2016
Simple swashbuckling film may be the influence for Pirates of the Caribbean, as Tortuga Port Royal and a white dress are all in this movie. Tyrone Power and his rogue-ish charms is solid enough, with one very well done sword fight and not much else. Its a solid adventure film if not much more, could have used more sword fighting.
February 27, 2016
Although it won an Oscar for best color cinematography, The Black Swan is a rather lacklustre swashbuckler. Perhaps the genre was worn out after the 1930s and the era of Errol Flynn and all those Alexandre Dumas stories. Indeed, this film shares strong similarities with Flynn's Captain Blood (1935) which is much better. Tyrone Power is good here, but although he was known for adventure films, I liked him better in later darker films such as The Razor's Edge (1946) or Nightmare Alley (1947). Also, there are some funny character turns here: Laird Cregar as a mountainous Captain Morgan (yes, of the rum) and George Sanders unrecognizable in a wild red hair and beard as Captain Billy Leach. Maureen O'Hara is fine as Powers' love interest but her scenes are rather static. All told, this is fine Saturday afternoon fare but look to the earlier decade for the good stuff.
Super Reviewer
September 6, 2014
Lightsabers? They're only a reflection, an update, but a sure marker of one of the oldest and surest of entertainment outings: the adventure tale. And what could be more thrilling than a knife fight? What about if ya give 'em big knives? And lo, the swashbuckler is born.
In this one Tyrone Power (the weakest link here, w/o the dash the role requires), a common, drunken pirate, battles for the reluctant heart of Maureen O'Hara, a fancy Miss Pris lady against a whole slew of dirty, pirating types. George Sanders (the best thing in the movie), Anthony Quinn and Thomas Mitchell lend able, reliable yet unsung support.
Big-time old school fun.
½ July 16, 2014
TBS features a beautiful Maureen O'Hara - and an even more beautiful Tyrone Power in a pirate swashbuckler that's brimming with campy fun. The beginning is quite slow, but the latter half is a terrific ride - plus, it also features greats like George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell, and a young Anthony Quinn. It's biggest flaw is too much focus on sword fighting and not enough on the characters. 3 1/2+ stars
July 8, 2014
A guy's movie. O'Hara is so cute and feisty. And the pirate king Morgan was very amusing as he had to put up with foppish island council and made his wise cracks re: O'Hara--e.g. "that idiot child" And, of course, lots of shipboard fighting. I could have done without the "3 times" soppy bit--It ruined that attractive edge of O'Hara's character.
½ January 12, 2014
A little more of an Errol Flynn fan. This Tyrone Power 1930's Pirate movie holds its own.
July 19, 2013
this is not an action movie it is a romace that is very boring. D
July 2, 2013
Tyrone Power was undoubtedly the most stylish and certainly the most handsome and articulate of the great Hollywood swashbuckers from the 30s to the late 50s. In this movie he coyld not have been bettered (Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. included), The starry cast,music,costumes and settings brought vividly to life the Spanish Main,Maracaibo and other Pirate ports of call.With a great family theatrical tradition behind him,Power's presence enriched every movie he made (what a twist of fate that he died exactly as his father Tyrone Power Sr.did,filming a duel scene -"Hamlet" and "Solomon and Sheba). I believe that Power's acting ability even today is not fully recognised,simply because the Studio System restricted his choice of film.Let anyone hear Power recite the poems of Byron (available on disc) and realise his premature death was a tragedy."THE BLACK SWAN" could be said to represent a golden period in the history of Hollywood swashbucklers.
March 13, 2013
Para ser una película antigua avanza bastante rápido. Bonitos colores.
½ November 12, 2012
good pirate actioner no relation to the natalie portman vehicle of the same name.
September 6, 2012
Visually Beautiful, it almost as good as Errol's work--Style over substance!!
Super Reviewer
July 16, 2011
I'm told that this is a classic!
½ July 8, 2011
Nice movie, I like Maureen O'Hara Character... nice ending.
½ June 28, 2011
Maureen O'Hara is Amazing & holds her own against Pirates.She is a Spitfire Babe , Strong & Beautiful.
June 27, 2011
Technicolor swashbuckler starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara could have used more pirate action between the attacks that bracket the beginning and end of the picture, and less of the romantic battle-of-wills, lovable rogue vs. headstrong heroine banter, which feels very forced given that Power spends most of his time manhandling and trussing lovely O'Hara up in a most politically incorrect fashion (Power also makes an unconvincing Englishman). There is a very fine supporting cast in Thomas Mitchell, George Zucco and a very young Anthony Quinn in an early role. However, the real delights to watch are George Sanders playing a pirate chief, as far away a character from Addison DeWitt a you can get, and the larger-than-life performance by mountainous Laird Cregar as famed Captain Henry Morgan himself, complete with Welsh dialect and limitless bombast.
June 19, 2011
The Black Swan, you know, the 1942 version, right? is a bit of a slow Pirate movie that manages to finally going plot wise about 1/2 way through the movie. While you're waiting for that, you can marvel at the awesome 3 strip technicolor thing going on, and as well, feast on the ravishing Maureen O'Hara. Tyrone Power is in full pirate mode here, nothing really out of the ordinary that hasn't been done by other actors, Laird Cregar actually steals the show with his portrayal of Captain Morgan.. Yes, THAT Captain Morgan, before he was pasted on whiskey. So there's lots going for it, except maybe the story, which could have used some work.
½ June 9, 2011
When people think of great pirate movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood, for some reason, "The Black Swan" isn't as much on people's radar as the Errol Flynn classics "Captain Blood" and "The Sea Hawk," and it's a shame. It's a very well made film in its own right, and a more brutally honest look at piracy than the two I previously mentioned.

Tyrone Power portrays Captain Jamie Waring, a pirate captain under the command of the infamous Henry Morgan (Laird Cregar), recently pardoned, knighted, and made lieutenant-governor of Jamaica. When a fellow captain, Billy Leech (George Sanders in a role very different from the suave, sardonic classy villains he excelled at), refuses to accept the king's pardon, it becomes Waring's job to hunt him down. Leech isn't Waring's only problem - he and Morgan must deal with untrustworthy and corrupt politicians, and Waring's infatuation with Lady Margaret (Maureen O'Hara) doesn't help matters any.
May 29, 2011
Have you ever wondered where the Pirates of the Caribbean films got their inspiration or resources from. This film has your answer, Tyrone Power a brilliant actor back then acts as the main protaginist with a piratey attitude, Maureen O' Hara plays a real stubborn and persistent woman who won't give into the pirates charm and a whole cast of guys acting like pirates. The scenery is outstanding, the ships are brillliant and the sword fights are quite good. This was before Pirates of the Caribbean, so yeah but back then they didn't have Jack Sparrow so there is an advantage for you
½ May 18, 2011
Loved the "Black Swan" all about Tyrone Powers!
April 25, 2011
This movie is so epic!
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