Movie fads come and movie fads go but everyone loves a good pirate tale on the screen and this month, we’ll be enjoying a variety of privateer fare from the silent era.
Pirate movies could be humorous, they could slide into science fiction, they could be cartoonish but the most popular variety of the silent era was intense swashbuckling action.
The Black Pirate (1926) is probably the most famous silent era pirate picture. Douglas Fairbanks? In color? How could it not please the crowds? However, for my money, The Sea Hawk (1924) is my piratical swashbuckler of choice. So much action! Intensity! Romance!
For those of you who like a bit of variety, The Pirates of 1920 (1911) is a British sci-fi picture about aerial privateers. And Captain Kidd’s Kids (1919) is a zany Harold Lloyd comedy featuring an all-flapper pirate crew.
This month, I have assembled a variety of pictures from throughout the silent era with one thing in common:
Say it with me… Arrr, mateys!
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