The Black Swan Reviews
Captain Morgan is a notorious pirate that has been appointed by the king to rule over Jamaica as a royal ambassador. Some of Morgan's former men decide to start their own pirate behavior and begin terrorizing the Caribbean. Captain Morgan sends his right hand man to bring down the pirates. If his right hand man cannot bring down the pirates, the Jamaican locals may mutiny and impeach their new ambassador.
"Do me a favor and don't make me angry. I'm trying to act like gentleman."
Henry King, director of Untamed, The Earth is Mine, Carousel, Deep Waters, Prince of Foxes, Maryland, Jesse James, and Hell Harbor, delivers The Black Swan. The storyline for this picture is interesting and contains a solid blend of romance, pirate action scenes, solid character development, and a marvelous script. The cast delivers breathtaking performances and includes Tyrone Power, Anthony Quinn, and Maureen O'hara.
"I am a better man drunk than sober for any kind of work."
I came across this movie while in the process of DVR'ing another picture. I was intrigued by the title of this movie as well as the synopsis and decided to give it a shot. I felt the execution by the cast and the delivery of the script was perfect. I adored the interaction between the characters as well as the pirate subplot. This movie is definitely worth your time.
"Love, gold, and adventure."
The interwoven narrative is rather complex, yet easy to depict. This Academy Award winner starts with a man, Jamie Waring (Tyrone Power), on the threat of torture if he doesn't cooperate, and tell them where his Captain, sir Henry Morgan (Laird Cregar), is located. He diverts to the noble figure, and knocks off a couple witty jokes. Before his sentence to be tortured is fulfilled, Jamie's fellow pirates enter the building of which he was being held.
Jamie Waring is let go and sir Henry Morgan becomes King. Though with him being under the king's wing and having many treasures, Jamie falls in love with the previous king's daughter, Lady Margaret Denby (Maureen O'Hara).
The acting is not to my standards of good. Though the actors have a couple scenes of realism, they mostly delve into '40's melodrama. Jamie's love interest, played by Maureen O'Hara, can release her fair share of involving emotions. Though lightly, the main protagonist, played by Tyrone Power, can too; but, in hindsight, it all just seems so fake.
I did enjoy all the battle sequences that were the doing for its visual effects nomination, but the climax is very much unfulfilling, in my desire to seam the narrative together, and relentlessly dull. All together, I feel The Black Swan manages to lighten a realistic battle, but just never really follows through enough on characterization and narrative structure to be labelled an epic.
(1942) The Black Swan
ADVENTURE/ ROMANCE/ ACTION
Spain had just signed a treaty with another country -I forgot which other country! So the leader of the so-called pirates of that other country decide to lay down it's arms and come to a truce by agreement of some sort and by electing the leader of the pirates to be a governer of Jamaica! Between the two second-in-command pirates, one decides to follow the him wherever he goes as opposed to the other decides to go the other way! Double crossings galore and treachery happen along the way!
Little movie making little impact especially the action which is not bad since it does appear that the actors were using real swords but the 'speeding the camera' to make it seemed like they're really sword duelling is quite evident here as with most other sword fighting films made during that era! As well, the film doesn't seem to address all the bad people that were involved with the treachery!
I liked this film for it's idea but it seemed that the director of this film had already used up all it's budget and had to settle with this quick ending! A very low "B" or c+!
3 out of 4
NOTE: Look for a very young Anthony Quinn in a minor role.
This adventure-drama reflects a violent world where both pirates and governments use force to get their way; government, being bigger and stronger, almost always wins, but some pirates love their personal freedom. You know something, not many people today know of Rafael Sabatini nor his books; but I have through this film and I had read the original book and I love both of them - book and film. Of course, in the book, it is different: Leach boarded and captured a ship called the Centaur, which numbers among its passengers two people named Charles de Bernis & Priscilla Harrabine...not Jamie & Margaret. By his quick wit and bold front, De Bernis saves the lives of his fellow passengers, and for the special protection of Priscilla, he passes her off as his wife; just like in the film.
So overall, I enjoy this film; it has everything a good pirate film got's: Adventure,Love, and Treachery.