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The Black Swan

Released 1942
Distributor 20th Century Fox

A great cast swashbuckles its way through Henry King’s piratical spectacular with an assist from Leon Shamroy’s Oscar-winning Technicolor cinematography. Splendid hokum in the overstuffed Darryl Zanuck tradition.

About Jack Hill

Jack Hill began his career, like so many of his contemporaries, working for Roger Corman, then wrote and directed the cult classic Spider Baby, which introduced his favorite actor, Sid Haig. His The Big Doll House launched an entire genre of “Women in Prison” pix as well as Pam Grier, whom he later brought to stardom in Coffy and Foxy Brown. Other credits include The Big Bird CagePit StopSwinging Cheerleaders and Switchblade Sisters. He is currently exec producing a series of remakes of some of his earlier horror films. See Jack Hill Presents.