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The Black Swan (film)

The Black Swan
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Henry King
Produced by Robert Bassler
Screenplay by Ben Hecht
Seton I. Miller
Based on The Black Swan 
by Rafael Sabatini
Starring Tyrone Power
Maureen O'Hara
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by Barbara McLean
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Release dates
  • December 4, 1942 (1942-12-04)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Black Swan is a 1942 American swashbuckler Technicolor film by Henry King, based on a novel by Rafael Sabatini, and starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara.[1][2] It was nominated for two Academy Awards, and won one for Best Cinematography, Color.

This was the final film of silent star Helene Costello.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Awards 3
  • DVD release 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


After England and Spain make peace, notorious George Zucco), but is not trusted by either the lawful residents or the pirates.

Captain Jamie Waring (Anthony Quinn), refuse to change. Meanwhile, Waring takes a liking to Denby's daughter, Lady Margaret (Maureen O'Hara), who happens to be inconveniently engaged to an English gentleman, Roger Ingram (Edward Ashley). As it turns out, her fiancé is secretly providing information about ship sailings to the unrepentant pirates.

When Morgan is unable to stop the depredations of his old shipmates, he is suspected of still being allied with them. It is up to Waring to set sail to get to the bottom of things (kidnapping Lady Margaret in the process so she won't be able to marry Ingram).

Power and O'Hara in the trailer for The Black Swan (1942)


  • George Zucco as Lord Denby


The film won an Academy Award and was nominated for two more:[3]


DVD release

The DVD version of the film contains commentary by Maureen O'Hara with film critic Rudy Behlmer.


  1. ^ Variety film review; October 21, 1942, page 8.
  2. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; October 24, 1942, page 171.
  3. ^

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