The Black Pirate (Silent)

A nobleman vows to avenge the death of his father at the hands of pirates. Action-packed dramatic classic.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: December 26, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1926
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

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User Ratings: 1,413
Rating: 4/5 -- Good swashbuckler in early Technicolor marred by stiff direction from Parker.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Jan 29, 2004
Rating: B- -- It's an entertaining, for its time, swashbuckling tale of revenge on the high seas. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Nov 19, 2015
Rating: A- -- One of the silent era’s most spectacular action blockbusters… Fairbanks’s astonishing acrobatics remain dazzling today. Full Review
Decent Films Guide
Jul 25, 2003
Each new Douglas Fairbanks seems better than the last. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 2, 2019
The authentic, silent, swashbuckling classic, an early two-colour Technicolor production that the athletic Douglas Fairbanks starred in 85 years ago. Full Review
May 15, 2011
THE BLACK PIRATE hums with energy. The surface of the image itself seems alive, swimming with particles of light.
New York Times
Jan 14, 2011
Rating: 5/5 -- Silent Fairbanks has acrobatic Doug and great effects.
Kansas City Kansan
Oct 25, 2004

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Arnoldo, the sole survivor of a pirate attack, is marooned on a desert island where he buries his slain father and vows to visit revenge upon the savages that murdered him. His solitude is broken when the pirates land on the island to bury a strongbox of treasure. Arnoldo shows himself and asks to join their company, offering to fight their best swordsman to the death. In the ensuing battle, he kills the captain, and the astonished seamen welcome him aboard their ship. He distinguishes himself in combat and becomes the band's leader, while secretly waiting to exact vengeance. But when a beautiful noblewoman is captured, he desperately seeks a way to free her before the crew can have their way with the desperate captive.

The Black Pirate boasts spectacular sets, costumes and production values and stars handsome, athletic, charismatic Douglas Fairbanks. Only eighteen months after his debut in D.W. Griffith's The Lamb (1916), Fairbanks had established himself as Hollywood's third highest paid actor, behind only Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford. The mighty triumvirate of friends went on to found United Artists in 1919, and the studio's financial success was fueled to a great extent by Fairbanks' motion pictures. As the first president of the Motion Picture Academy Of Arts and Sciences, Fairbanks presented the very first Oscars in 1927. He is best known for his lavish swashbuckling adventures, most notably The Mark Of Zorro (1920), The Three Musketeers (1921), Robin Hood (1922) and The Thief of Bagdad (1924).

Product Description:

This swashbuckling nautical adventure, starring the incomparable Douglas Fairbanks, made film history as one of the first full features shot entirely in Technicolor. Here, he plays a nobleman who wants to revenge his father's murder, so he boards a pirate vessel disguised as one of the thieving, villainous rapscallions, and sets about achieving his goal. On the high seas, the athletic Fairbanks provides a no-holds barred, rip-roaring, stunt-filled voyage -- complete with a one-man takeover of a merchant ship.


Production Notes:

  • THE BLACK PIRATE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
  • THE BLACK PIRATE was the first feature film shot in 2-strip Technicolor, but many surviving copies are in black & white.
  • According to Variety, Elton Thomas (who came up with the film's story) was actually Fairbanks himself.
  • Additional production company: Elton Corp.
  • Copyright 1926 Elton Corporation.
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  • Sales Rank: 6,355
  • UPC: 089218689795
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