The Black Pirate
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The Black Pirate was hailed in 1926 as the "return" of the Douglas Fairbanks who'd breezed through several peppy comedies before starring in lavish costume epics like Robin Hood (1922) and Thief of Bagdad (1924). The story involves a young nobleman (Fairbanks) whose father is killed by pirates. He vows to avenge his dad's death by becoming a buccaneer himself and routing out the villains. Along the way, he rescues damsel-in-distress Billie Dove (likewise of noble birth) and engages in a few bloody duels with the swarthy likes of Sam De Grasse and Anders Randolph. Charlie… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"The authentic, silent, swashbuckling classic, an early two-colour Technicolor production that the athletic Douglas Fairbanks starred in 85 years ago."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"Good swashbuckler in early Technicolor marred by stiff direction from Parker."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"For this film, Fairbanks scaled back, making it his shortest and least extravagant."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of the silent era’s most spectacular action blockbusters… Fairbanks’s astonishing acrobatics remain dazzling today."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Silent Fairbanks has acrobatic Doug and great effects."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The best stunts were actually performed by Richard Talmadge, but Fairbanks is captivating."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
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