In this quintessential Technicolor swashbuckler epic buoyed by spectacular action sequences, Fairbanks stars as a wealthy nobleman who infiltrates a band of pirates in order to avenge the death of his father.
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Douglas Fairbanks, glorious colors, swashbuckling duels, a beautiful damsel in distress. What is not to love with an old-fashioned pirate movie - and this one is still one of the greatest ever made and an excellent silent film. The stunt when Fairbanks split a sail in two is still a great one that every pirate movie ever since seem to copy.
Swashbuckling, scheming, and maneuvering. All the necessary elements for a rousing pirate adventure. Many of the stunts created in this 1926 movie have been endlessly replicated since; rarely as well. Filmed in early two strip technicolor, this was one of the first color movies and the digitally restored color looks pretty good, giving a sense of what it looked like then. It must have been astonishing.