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 Stevens, a grandson of American Indian chief Geronimo -- and whom Fairbanks regarded as a "lucky charm" -- appears in several tiny roles. The Black Pirate was originally presented in two-color Technicolor form; the black and white prints are the most-often-seen version of the film, however. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
I was a little surprised to find there was no dialogue on this film. I reckon everybody ought to see such a film just so we know how it was in the old days but I sure wasn't expecting it to happen to me today.
There is plenty of music in the background and you have to use your imagination a bit for the pirates' discussions but that's probably good for us, too.
a small fireplace going, waiting for the (a) storm to come in and a Silent movie...you learn as mentioned elsewhere that going along the ministerial route that people cannot stand silence for more than a minute (time it in church some time)...anyhow it's worth the "quiet time" to learn how people sat in theaters in the past...it's good if you read these first which I fifty % of the time I do...enjoy...!
This is the first silent film I ever watched. My father used to work for Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. As to the movie, I rate it awesome, the way the nobleman resolves to bring down the pirates and does so without any loss of life. It's great also they were able to bring in Fairbanks' wife, Mary Pickford, though she was busy in another movie, to fill in for the damsel when the pirate proposed to her and hugged and kissed her so he'd be hugging and kissing his own wife.