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  Douglas Fairbanks (right).
Photograph: courtesy Kino Lorber.
The Black Pirate
Also known as Der schwarze Pirat in Germany
(1926) United States of America
Color : Feature film
Directed by Albert Parker

Cast: Douglas Fairbanks [the Black Pirate], Billie Dove [Princess Isobel], Tempé Piggot [Isobel’s duenna], Donald Crisp [MacTavish], Sam de Grasse [the pirate lieutenant], Anders Randolf [the pirate captain], Charles Stevens [the powder man], John Wallace, Fred Becker, Charles Belcher, E.J. Radcliffe; Mary Pickford [Dove’s kissing stand-in]

The Elton Corporation production; distributed by United Artists Corporation. / Produced by Douglas Fairbanks. Scenario by Lotta Woods, from the adaptation by Jack Cunningham of a screen story by Elton Thomas (Douglas Fairbanks). Research director, Doctor Arthur Woods. General manager, Robert Fairbanks. Production management by Theodore Reed. Art direction by Carl Oscar Borg. Associate art directors, Edward M. Langley and Jack Holden. Consultants, Dwight Franklin and Robert Nichols. Marine technician, P.H.L. Wilson. Cinematography by Henry Sharp. Technicolor camera crew, Arthur Ball and George Cave. Film editor, William Nolan. Music score by Mortimer Wilson. / Premiered 8 March 1926 at Selwyn Theatre in New York, New York. General release, 12 September 1926. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. Technicolor two-strip color process. / A separate black & white negative was prepared at the time of production; shot from a separate camera, side-by-side with the Technicolor camera, the black & white version of the film varies slightly from the color version.

Drama: Action.

Survival status: Prints exist in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [two-strip 35mm Technicolor positive]; also of the black & white version [35mm positive].

Current rights holder: Public domain [USA].

Keywords: Beaches - Color cinematography - Hidden treasure - Pirates - Revenge - Vengeance - Water: Oceans - Weapons: Cannons, Swords

Listing updated: 24 September 2013.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Baer-Film p. 27; Basten-Technicolor pp. 34-37, 128c, 169; Bohn-Light pp. 98, 194; Brownlow-Parade p. 248; Carroll-Matinee p. 105; Dardis-Keaton p. 119; Everson-American pp. 132, 284; Fell-History p. 85; Kerr-Silent p. 25; Lahue-Gentlemen pp. 83, 91; Limbacher-Feature p. 25; Maltin-Classic p. 65; McCaffrey-Guide pp. 5, 14i; Shipman-Cinema p. 92; Sinyard-Silent p. 142; Sweeney-Coming pp. 92, 94; Webb-Hollywood p. 87 : ClasIm-204 p. C24 : Website-IMDb.

Home video: Blu-ray Disc, DVD.

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