The Black Pirate Overview:

The Black Pirate (1926) was a Adventure - Action Film directed by Albert Parker and produced by Douglas Fairbanks.


This silent swashbuckling adventure, starring the incomparable Fairbanks, made film history as one of the first full features shot entirely in two-strip Technicolor. Here, he plays a nobleman who wants to revenge his father's murder, so he boards a pirate vessel disguised as one of the thieving, villainous rapscallions, and sets about achieving his goal. On the high seas, the athletic Fairbanks provides a rip-roaring, stunt-filled voyage - complete with a one-man takeover of a merchant ship.

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The Black Pirate was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1993.

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By Dan Day Jr. on Apr 18, 2016 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Recently I took the opportunity to purchase the Kino Blu-ray of Douglas Fairbanks' THE BLACK PIRATE for only $7. It's one of my best home video deals, since the disc is jammed pack with extras and the movie itself is a grand adventure of the high seas. When Douglas Fairbanks made THE BLACK PIRATE, ... Read full article

The Black Pirate (1926)

By Lindsey on Jun 18, 2012 From The Motion Pictures

(Image via The Duke of Arnoldo (Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.) is a nobleman, sailing the high seas on a large ship and in the company of? friendly crew. His luck takes a nosedive when his ship is looted and blown up with all hands on deck. By some kind of miracle, this Black Pirate a... Read full article

“The Black Pirate” (1926)

By Silentfilmfanatic on Apr 7, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

“The Black Pirate” (1926) is a silent action drama starring Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove and Donald Crisp. Directed by Albert Parker and written by Douglas Fairbanks, this film is a particular favorite of many of Fairbanks’ loyal fans. The story begins with a lot of treacherous ... Read full article

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Nino Cochise, grandson of the famous Apache chief Cochise, was an extra in this movie. It was his second extra job in Hollywood, his first one being in Douglas Fairbanks Robin Hood. He would appear in three other Hollywood productions.
According to the commentary on the Kino Video DVD, the crew of Douglas Fairbanks' longboat in the climactic chase and battle were members of the crew of the USS Arizona.
The double-thick Technicolor prints (two strips of dyed film, cemented together) presented numerous screening problems for untrained projectionists. If screened improperly, they would warp, scratch, etc. and due to the expense of printing in Technicolor at this time (since there were no optical printers, or any easier way of printing such technology in those days) forced the Fairbanks studio to issue a black-and-white version as well.
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National Film Registry

The Black Pirate

Released 1926
Inducted 1993

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