James Robert Parish has, for decades, been compiling helpful film reference books concentrating on a variety of topics, from performers, to craftsmen, to specific sub-genres. Parish will take a topic like Detective films or Prison Pictures and gather each film that can be described as such, list them alphabetically and provide very thorough details for every entry. For those of us who rely on reference sources, his books are exceptionally helpful.
Parish's latest to be released in softcover (after a whopping 18 years in hardcover!) is "Pirates and Seafaring Swashbucklers of the Hollywood Screen." The sub title indicates the book includes "Plots, Critiques, Casts, and Credits for 137 Theatrical and Made-for-Television Releases." While the book does indeed include all of this information, the title neglects to indicate that Parish also provides background information on the concepts and production for most most of the entries.
The books is not limited to top level films like "The Crimson Pirate" (1952) and "The Princess Bride" (1987), but also includes every threadbare budget entry during the text's bracketed years of 1914 and 1992. Since the book was originally released in 1995, it does not include later films like the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series. The latest film here is the 1992 production "Captain Ron." An update would have been nice, but quite daunting for a reference of this sort. This is a softcover reprint of the 1995 hardcover book.
This book is a must for libraries, research centers, film buffs, and scholars.