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The Black Pirate [1926]

Director:Albert Parker
Writer:Jack Cunningham
Composer:Mortimer Wilson
Length:83 minutes
(1 hour 23 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Seeking revenge, an athletic young man joins the pirate band responsible for his father's death.

Reaction: It's a fine movie. There are a few classic shots in this one. It is a silent movie which means lots of reading, so you can't have your attention particularly divided while watching. Just know that before starting.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Albert Parker => Director
Jack Cunningham => Writer
Mortimer Wilson => Composer
Anders Randolf => Pirate Captain
Barry Norton => Youth (uncredited)
Billie Dove => Princess Isobel
Charles Belcher => Chief passenger (Nobleman)
Charles Stevens => Powder man
Donald Crisp => MacTavish
Douglas Fairbanks => The Black Pirate / The Duke of Arnoldo
E.J. Ratcliffe => The Governor
Fred Becker => Pirate (uncredited)
John Wallace => Peg-Leg Pirate (uncredited)
Mary Pickford => Princess Isobel in Final Embrace (uncredited)
Nino Cochise => Pirate (uncredited)
Sam De Grasse => Pirate Lieutenant
Tempe Pigott => Duenna

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Donald Crisp was the original director, but after a few days of filming had a falling-out with star Douglas Fairbanks and was replaced by Albert Parker.
  • According to the commentary on the Kino Video DVD, the crew of Douglas Fairbanks' longboat in the climactic chase and battle were members of the crew of the USS Arizona.
  • The double-thick Technicolor prints (two strips of dyed film, cemented together) presented numerous screening problems for untrained projectionists. If screened improperly, they would warp, scratch, etc. and due to the expense of printing in Technicolor at this time (since there were no optical printers, or any easier way of printing such technology in those days) forced the Fairbanks studio to issue a black-and-white version as well.
  • Nino Cochise, grandson of the famous Apache chief [?] Cochise, was an extra in this movie. It was his second extra job in Hollywood, his first one being in Douglas Fairbanks' Robin Hood. He would appear in three other Hollywood productions.