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The Black Swan (1942)
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The 1942 Twentieth Century Fox film "The Black Swan", is about the notorious
17th century pirates of the Caribbean, many of whom wear coins as medallions.
 
The film stars Tyrone Power as Jamie Waring, Maureen O'Hara as Lady Margaret Denby.
It is based on Rafael Sabatini's novel of the same title.
 
In 1674, England's King Charles II appoints notorious pirate Henry Morgan as governor of Jamaica.
Morgan's mission is to end piracy in the area and he enlists several of his pirate associates
to work for him.
 
Among them is Captain Jamie Waring, who arrives, meets, and falls for Lady Margaret Denby,
the daughter of the previous governor. She is engaged to another man and the two continually fight.
Tommy Blue is Jamie's assistant.
 
Captain Leach and some pirates decide not to join Morgan but to continue piracy.
Lady Margaret's fiance is secretly giving shipping information to these pirates.
 
Eventually Jamie takes to sea to chase Leach, and kidnaps Lady Margaret to bring her along.
The pair are captured by Leach, and have to pretend to be married to avoid being executed.
 
After a sea battle and attack on Maracaibo, things work out for Jamie and Lady Margaret.
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1. Title
 
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2. Prologue
 
This is a story of the Spanish Main --
when Villainy wore a Sash, and the only political creed in the world was --
Love, Gold, and Adventure.
 
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3. Sailing ship
 
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4. Jamie with sword meets Lady Margaret
 
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5. Lady Margaret with pistol
 
Nobody messes with her.
 
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6. Captain Henry Morgan
 
Officals at the time of King Charles II wore long-haired wigs.
 
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7. Pirates meeting in pub
 
Several of the pirates wear coins as medallions around their necks.
 
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8. Parrot, Jamie, and Lady Margaret
 
Lady Margaret owns the parrot this time.
The bird doesn's say anything, though.
 
Although this scene doesn't show it, Jamie wears a medallion.
 
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9. Jamie Waring's medallion
 
The coin appears to imitate a Spanish gold coin, possibly a doubloon.
 
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10. Sailing ships
 
The film won an Oscar for cinematography.
 
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11. Jamie and Tommy Blue on the ship
 
Tommy Blue also wears a medallion.
 
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12. Tommy Blue's medallion
 
The figure on the coin resembles King Franz Joseph I of Austria, who ruled much later
than the time of the film.
 
Back on the ship, Lady Margaret makes a discovery.
 
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13. Lady Margaret on the ship
 
She makes an unpleasant discovery about the nature of the ship's business.
 
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14. Pirates admire Lady Margaret
 
Jamie tells the pirates that she is his wife to protect her from...
 
Captain Leach also wears a medallion.
 
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15. Leach's medallion
 
The coin appears to imitate a Spanish gold coin, possibly a doubloon.
 
The pirates head for Maracaibo (now in Venezuela) was a famous Spanish port.
A dancer wearing costume coins entertains some of the residents.
 
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16. Maracaibo club dancer
 
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17. Pirate ships attack Maracaibo
 
Captain Morgan's men and the residents fight the pirates, kill most of them, and capture the rest.
 
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18. The End
 
Notes:
 
Cast:
Tyrone Power as Jamie Waring
Maureen O'Hara as Lady Margaret Denby
Laird Cregar as Capt. Henry Morgan
Thomas Mitchell as Tommy Blue
George Sanders as Capt. Billy Leech
 
Director: Henry King
Writers: Ben Hecht, Seton I. Miller, Rafael Sabatini (novel)
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