THE BLACK SWAN (1942) C 85m dir: Henry King
w/Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell, George Sanders, Anthony Quinn, George Zucco, Edward Ashley, Fortunio Bonanova, Stuart Robertson
Exciting adventure tale, adapted from the Sabatini novel, features Power as a dashing pirate.
From The Movie Guide: "Along with THE MARK OF ZORRO, the peak of Tyrone Power's career as a swashbuckler. ...
"The story and dialogue smack of the Errol Flynn adventure CAPTAIN BLOOD, but the film employs its cliches with such overwhelming vigor and good humor that they seem like old friends. Even though his physique is not quite up to the more beefcake aspects of the hardsell of the producers, Power is full of marvelous dash and derring-do. Cregar, all hearty bravado, is equally wonderful, his enormous body bedecked in wigs and finery, and the practically unrecognizable Sanders, sporting a thick red wig and beard, is quite effective as a less civilized type of villain than those he usually played. The ravishing, flame-haired, underrated O'Hara, too, is in her element as the feisty heroine and the result of all this happy casting is lavish Hollywoodiana at its sporting best."
THE BLACK SWAN won an Oscar for Best Cinematography (Leon Shamroy) and was also nominated for Best Score (Alfred Newman) and Visual Effects.