The Black Swan

The Black Swan

Director: Henry King Cast: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar

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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 coastal town. Jamie's partner in crime is pirate king Henry Morgan Laird Cregar, an alliance that comes to an end when Morgan is appointed governor of Jamaica. Disgusted by this defection, Jamie considers joining the scurrilous Redbeard (George Sanders), but eventually decides to reform his ways when he falls in love with Margaret Denby (O'Hara), the gorgeous daughter of the former Jamaican governor Lord Denby (George Zucco). Before the final obligatory sail into the sunset, however, Margaret is kidnapped and manhandled on a seemingly hourly basis, while Jamie is subjected to even more abuse at the hands of pirates and officials alike. Director Henry King handles the derring-do in Black Swan with commendable sobriety, leaving the story's tongue-in-cheek elements in the capable hands of the cast and the screenwriters.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/03/2013
UPC: 0024543920021
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 27,490

Special Features

Commentary by Rudy Behlmer and Maureen O'Hara; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power James Waring
Maureen O'Hara Margaret Denby
Laird Cregar Capt. Henry Morgan
Thomas Mitchell Tommy Blue
George Sanders Capt. Billy Leech
Anthony Quinn Wogan
George Zucco Lord Denby
Edward Ashley Roger Ingram
Fortunio Bonanova Don Miguel
Stuart Robertson Capt. Graham
Charles McNaughton Fenner
Frederic Worlock Speaker
Willie Fung Chinese Cook
Charles Francis Higgs
Arthur Shields Bishop
Keith Hitchcock Majordomo
John Burton Capt. Blaine
Cyril McLaglen Capt. Jones
Clarence Muse Daniel
Olaf Hytten Clerk
Charles Irwin Sea Captain
David Thursby Sea Captain
Frank Leigh Sea Captains

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
James Basevi Art Director
Robert Bassler Producer
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Richard Day Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Earl Luick Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara McLean Editor
Seton Miller Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer

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The Black Swan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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JMichalec More than 1 year ago
Great, fun-filled adventure flick!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Tyrone Power fan. I must say I saw more of his funny side in this movie. It took some time to see the chemistry between him and beautiful and the very talented Maureen O'hara! But, before you know it you fall in love with their characters and strong personalities in this adventure classic. You won't be dissappointed. This was simply a Delight!