The Black Swan (1942)

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    Plot Summary
    When notorious pirate Henry Morgan is made governor of Jamaica,
    he enlists the help of some of his former partners in ridding the Carribean of Buccaneers.
    When one of them apparently abducts the previous governor's pretty daughter
    and joins up with the rebels, things are set for a fight.
    Written by Jeremy Perkins

    Full Cast
    Tyrone Power .... Jamie Waring
    Maureen O'Hara .... Lady Margaret Denby
    Laird Cregar .... Captain Sir Henry Morgan
    Thomas Mitchell .... Tom Blue
    George Sanders .... Captain Billy Leech
    Anthony Quinn .... Wogan
    George Zucco .... Lord Denby
    Edward Ashley .... Roger Ingram (uncredited)
    Fortunio Bonanova .... Don Miguel (uncredited)
    John Burton .... Captain Blaine (uncredited)
    Rita Christiani .... Dancer (uncredited)
    Helene Costello .... Woman (uncredited)
    Bryn Davis .... Woman (uncredited)
    William Edmunds .... Town Crier (uncredited)
    Charles Francis .... Captain Higgs (uncredited)
    Willie Fung .... Chinese Cook (uncredited)
    Jody Gilbert .... Fat Woman with Tommy (uncredited)
    Arthur Gould-Porter .... Assemblyman (uncredited)
    Keith Hitchcock .... Majordomo (uncredited)
    Olaf Hytten .... Clerk Reading Proclamation (uncredited)
    Boyd Irwin .... Assemblyman (uncredited)
    Charles Irwin .... Sea Captain (uncredited)
    George Kirby .... Assemblyman (uncredited)
    Frank Leigh .... Sea Captain (uncredited)
    Cyril McLaglen .... Captain Jones (uncredited)
    Charles McNaughton .... Mr. Fenner (uncredited)
    Clarence Muse .... Margaret's Servant (uncredited)
    Stuart Robertson .... Captain Graham (uncredited)
    C. Montague Shaw .... Assemblyman (uncredited)
    Arthur Shields .... The Bishop (uncredited)
    David Thursby .... Sea Captain (uncredited)
    Frederick Worlock .... Speaker of Assembly (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Rafael Sabatini (novel)
    Seton I. Miller (adaptation)
    Ben Hecht (screenplay) and
    Seton I. Miller (screenplay)

    Robert Bassler .... producer
    Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)

    Original Music
    Alfred Newman (also song "Heave Ho")

    To help out the war effort, the actors tried hard to keep the number of takes low so as to conserve film. Roughly thirty of the scenes were done in one take.
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    The ship in the picture was also used in the films That Hamilton Woman, The Princess and the Pirate and Captain Kidd.

    Although it is supposed to be based on Rafael Sabatini's novel "The Black Swan", in fact the story is completely original, and the only character retained from the original novel is the historical personage Henry Morgan.

    Three of the cast-members in "The Black Swan" won Supporting Actor Oscars at some point in their careers: Thomas Mitchell for Stagecoach, George Sanders for All About Eve, and Anthony Quinn for both Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life.

    The original ending was scrapped and a new one shot so that the film would pass the censor. The original ending had both Tyrone Power's and Maureen O'Hara's character jumping into the sea.

    "Heave Ho" (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Alfred Newman
    Played during the opening credits and sung by an offscreen chorus

    Awards: Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations

    Factual errors: Although the story is supposed to take place in the 17th century, Lady Margaret has a medallion with a colour photo inside. You can clearly see it's a photo when Jamie first finds the medallion and then opens it. Photography was not invented until the 19th century.

    Anachronisms: The ships are fairly authentic looking for the era, but they are being steered by a wheel. This came into fashion some 25 years after the story takes place. A common error in pirate movies.

    Revealing mistakes: When the pirate ship runs aground in the climax, the island moves.

    Anachronisms: The story is set in 1674, during the reign of King Charles II. But throughout the film the British flag is the familiar "Union Jack," not in use until the union of England and Scotland in 1707.

    Anachronisms: In an scene of this movie, which is set in 1674, Jamie tells Lady Margaret not to be a snob. According to Webster's Dictionary, the first recorded usage of the word snob comes from 1781.

    Revealing mistakes: The movie is set in 1679. But one of the maps is mislabeled to indicate the year is 1697.

    Continuity: At the beginning of the film, when Jamie is on the stretching board the camera angle repeatedly switches from a close-up to a wide angle and back again. Every time the close-up is shown, Jamie is looking over his right shoulder. When the camera switches to wide angle, Jamie is always looking straight forward.

    Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Jamie slaps Lady Denby, the sound effect for the slap comes noticeably late - Jamie's hand is long past her face when the effect is played.

    Continuity: About 2/3 of the way into the movie, Jamie and Captain Leach are talking on the deck of Jamie's ship. Lady Denby opens the door to the cabin to observe. This door is then shown several times over the course of the scene and the door is closed. Near the end of the scene Lady Denby is shown closing the door; the same door which had just been shown several times as closed.

    Continuity: About 2/3 of the way into the movie, after Lady Denby exits the cabin to come out on deck, she is standing next to, and then directly behind Jamie. She is standing so close as to be touching him. The camera angle then changes to show her at least a foot behind Jamie, no longer touching him.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Florida, USA
    Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Port Royal, Jamaica
    Stage 6, 20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • The Black Swan is a 1942 swashbuckler Technicolor film by Henry King,
    based on a novel by Rafael Sabatini,
    and starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara.
    It was nominated for three Academy Awards,
    and won one for Best Cinematography, Color.

    An exciting swashbuckling drama on the high seas.
    Tyrone 'Jesse James' Power, and our girl Maureen.
    A number of Duke's co-stars in here,
    Thomas Mitchell,as Tom Blue,
    George Sanders, Anthony Quinn, Arthur Shields,
    and Cyril McLaglen, brother of,
    yes, you've guessed it, Victor!

    User Review

    Author: bkoganbing

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 4 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Senta,

    This movie was taken from the novel. It was then taken to be screen written and usually dose not follow the book. Why is because of content, time, and entertainment value.

    Though the book should hold the entertainment value, time is probably the biggest issue.

    The average attention span of movie goers can view a movie around 2 hours. Most books tell a story that takes time in a story greater than 2 hours, so concessions must be made for that.

    As for content, we can only go as far as technology will take us for realism, though computer technology has taken us to greater heights, but back then they were limited.

    Hope this helps, Senta

    Cheers B)


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  • Hi Hondo,
    Thank you for comments.
    But there is Captain Blood with Errol Flynn which is pretty close to the book. Of course some parts of the plot was cut indeed.
    Senta :rolleyes:

  • This is a pretty cool movie, and got me interested in the pirate movie genre. There's really nothing like it these days.

  • I saw this movie only a few weeks ago and quite enjoyed it. Unfortunately I thought Maureen O'Hara and Tyrone Power had zero chemistry between them, perhaps it would have worked better with Errol Flynn as Jamie?

  • Hi

    I watched it a couple of months ago, as a film for passing an afternoon away it was alright, but hardly up there with the classics.
    More like a saturday picture club movie.



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  • Just watched this again.
    It's OK, it's all too 'studio' based
    to be takem seriously, and having seen Maureen with Duke,
    it was not anywhere near as compelling with Tyrone!!

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • :wink_smile:

    Great success for the technicolor movie pirates who, even today, very successful. Maureen enjoyed when he was fasting, humor of Tyrone Power ...

    An excellent film swashbuckling to see in family. Despite his age (70), it's always on TV ...

    Maureen and Ty, two wonderful actors

    One short video to remember ...

    and the original trailer

    Tell me if you have problems to read

    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!

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  • "The Black Swan" (1942)
    -Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara

    Plot: IMDB
    Soon after Sir Henry Morgan is named Governor of Jamaica in 1674, he announces that the age of the pirate is over and asks his former captains to give up their ways and sail for England. Not everyone agrees and one in particular, Captain Leech, refuses. He does accept an offer however from English aristocrat Roger Ingram who provides him with sailing information in an attempt to unseat the newly appointed Governor. In an effort to thwart Ingram's plans, former pirate Captain Jamie Waring kidnaps Lady Margaret Denby, the previous Governor's daughter.

    Phantom's Review: This early 40's Technicolor film is one of the all time great swashbuckling pirate adventures. Filled with spectacular fight scenes( both sword fighting and ship battles) excellent model FX, wonderful acting and a gorgeous leading lady.
    Tyrone Power is at his best
    A classic .

    They'd never forget the day,the stranger rode into town

  • 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment has now released cover art and content information for the winners of the Home Theater Forum "Vote Your Choice" poll for films the fans want to see on Blu-ray.

    The Black Swan (Blu-Ray) (1942)
    Starring: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell, George Sanders, Anthony Quinn, George Zucco, Edward Ashley, Bonnie Bannon, Fortunio Bonanova, Clarence Muse, Willie FungDirector:Henry King
    Genre:Blu-Ray, Drama, Action & Adventure
    20th Century Fox
    85 minutes R
    elease Date:
    December 3, 2013
    G Misc: Color, NTSC, Full Screen
    English (Original Language), French (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled), French (Dubbed), Spanish (Dubbed), English (Subtitled)

    Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara cross romantic swords in this epic swashbuckler about a pirate determined to reform his thieving ways - after he steals one last heart!

    Recently reformed pirate Jamie Boy (Power) is supposed to be helping the new Governor of Jamaica, Captain Morgan, rid the Caribbean of black-hearted buccaneers. But when Jamie falls head over keel for the heavenly - but hotheaded - Lady Margaret (O'Hara), he gives caution the heave-ho, kidnaps Margaret and sets sail for the adventure of a lifetime! Packed with "action, excitement, thundering guns and a maiden in distress" (Variety), this "brawny, blood-curdling" (Look Magazine) high-seas saga that remains a rollicking, "timeless pleasure" (Los Angeles Times)!


    • Commentary by Rudy Behlmer and Maureen O'Hara!
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