Up 2,404 this week

The Sea Hawk (1924)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama | Romance  -  14 June 1924 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 327 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 3 critic

A wrongly convicted English gentleman goes from galley slave to pirate captain.



(by), (adapted for the screen by), 1 more credit »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 570 titles
created 04 Nov 2012
list image
a list of 131 titles
created 06 Jan 2013
a list of 1501 titles
created 27 Nov 2013
a list of 767 titles
created 10 months ago
a list of 52 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Sea Hawk" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Sea Hawk (1924)

The Sea Hawk (1924) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Sea Hawk.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Springfield, Illinois. Brandon, a surveyor, dreams of building a railway to the west, but Marsh, a contractor, is sceptical. Abraham Lincoln looks on as their children, Davy Brandon and ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: George O'Brien, Madge Bellamy, Charles Edward Bull
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two noble Scottish brothers deliberately take opposite sides when Bonnie Prince Charlie returns to claim the throne of Scotland in order to preserve the family fortune.

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Errol Flynn, Roger Livesey, Anthony Steel
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Rafael Sabatini's story of the swashbuckling era and of Bardeleys, the handsome courtier who could win any woman he set his mind to...and was not above boasting about it to all who would listen.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: John Gilbert, Eleanor Boardman, Roy D'Arcy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Young Jim Hawkins is torn between his loyalty to his benefactors and his affection for lovable rogue Long John Silver in their struggle to recover a buried pirate treasure.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.

Director: Harry O. Hoyt
Stars: Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

"Talkie" remake of Tod Browning's 1925 silent film. A trio of former sideshow performers double as the "Unholy Three" in a scam to nab some shiny rocks.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Lon Chaney, Lila Lee, Elliott Nugent
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A prince must woo the now wealthy dancer he once abandoned in order to keep her money in the country in order to keep it from crashing economically.

Director: Erich von Stroheim
Stars: Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Roy D'Arcy
Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.

Director: Robert Wiene
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Kortner
Rio Rita (1929)
Musical | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Capt. James Stewart pursues the bandit "The Kinkajou" over the Mexican border and falls in love with Rita. He suspects, that her brother is the bandit.

Director: Luther Reed
Stars: Bebe Daniels, John Boles, Bert Wheeler
Beau Geste (1926)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Michael "Beau" Geste leaves England in disgrace and joins the infamous French Foreign Legion. He is reunited with his two brothers in North Africa, where they face greater danger from their... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Brenon
Stars: Ronald Colman, Neil Hamilton, Ralph Forbes
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Andrei Prachenko
Stars: Yves Lambrecht, Valérie Jeannet, Leonid Yarmolnik
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Ayoung kid from Upstate New York named Eddie (Landis) is conned into fronting for a speakeasy on Broadway. Throughout the con there is an inevitable chorus-girl with a heart of gold (... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Foy
Stars: Helene Costello, Cullen Landis, Mary Carr


Cast overview, first billed only:
Milton Sills ...
Sir Oliver Tressilian
Lady Rosamund Godolphin
Lionel Tressilian
Captain Jasper Leigh
Sir John Killigrew (as Mark MacDermott)
Wallace MacDonald ...
Peter Godolphin (as Wallace Mac Donald)
Bert Woodruff ...
Claire Du Brey ...
Lionel Belmore ...
Justice Anthony Baine
Christina Montt ...
The Infanta of Spain (as Christine Montt)
Albert Prisco ...
Frank Currier ...
Asad-ed-Din - Basha of Algiers
William Collier Jr. ...
Medea Radzina ...
Fred DeSilva ...
Ali (as Fred De Silva)


The adventures of Oliver Tressilian, who goes from English gentry to galley slave to captain of a Moorish fighting ship, all the while trying to regain his lady love. Follows the novel, unlike the 1940 movie of the same name. Written by Robert Tonsing <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 June 1924 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Águia dos Mares  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(1994 restoration print)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Referenced in The Lost World (1925) See more »


Sea Hawk
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Modest Altschuler
Words by John LeRoy Johnston
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"That proud and powerful kingdom"
6 April 2011 | by (Ruritania) – See all my reviews

In the 1920s motion pictures were bigger than at any other time. They were big in all directions, and their bigness was all the more impressive because it was based in doing everything for real. The widescreen epics of the 1950s may be more readily called to mind, but in truth they cut corners and tricked the eye wherever possible. The Sea Hawk is a nautical adventure with real ships, real mansions and palaces, real hordes of extras, all purposely built or acquired for one colossus of a production.

Producer-director Frank Lloyd was great at this sort of thing, an expert in blending the large canvas with the small. He opens with a cavernous shot of the protagonist's home, showing off both the height and depth of the lavish set in what is a typical piece of mid-20s extravagance. It's not dwelt on though. While Lloyd eschews close-ups, the majority of his action takes place in delicately composed mid-shots, encouraging the actors to play out their scene with the minimum of fuss. He doesn't move the camera very much but movement within the frame is crucial to Lloyd's style. Rather than fashioning action scenes with lots of rapid cross-cutting, as was the norm back then, he uses gradual shifts in the image, building up tension before a big sea battle by having the attacking ship slowly hove into view. In a shot of dozens of men fighting on deck, the focus is changed as the two opposing captains cut across the foreground. Lloyd even uses things moving on or off the screen for emotional effect, as in Sir Oliver's poignant farewell to his loyal corsairs.

Big in scope, The Sea Hawk is also big in story and may seem a little slow-paced at times. It is a bit frustrating that we are thirty-five minutes into the two-hour runtime before our seafaring hero is actually bounding over the main (that means "at sea", landlubbers). Luckily however, the Rafael Sabatini source novel is pure adventuresome fare, and even on dry land we get plenty of duels and dastardly intrigue. The lengthy runtime also serves to give the story a sense of stature, making Sir Oliver's adventures seem like an odyssey taking place over many years, rather than the simple caper on the briny that a mere 90 minutes would be.

A big production demands big stars. However lead man Milton Sills was not quite in the front rank of stars, and is more or less forgotten today. While not up there with Douglas Fairbanks and Ramon Navarro he can hold his own, with subtle, naturalistic acting and a very piercing gaze. In fact there are smooth understated performances all round, leading lady Enid Bennett refreshingly calm in an era when most actresses were required to go into over-the-top hysterics at the drop of a hatpin. Her scene with Sills as they kiss-and-make-up after his duel with Godolphin is absolutely sublime, and typical of the kind of tasteful melodrama that Frank Lloyd oversaw. The only player who is a bit hammy is Lloyd Hughes, who portrays the hero's double-dealing brother. Hughes looks uncannily like unsung silent comic Charley Chase. I must also mention Wallace Beery who, putting on his best lovable rogue act, is excellent as always. He can draw attention to himself without ever once appearing to show off, standing out from the crowd in the victory march after the corsairs' return from England with that little extra swagger in his step.

The large pictures of the 1950s have been lambasted by some critics, both then and now, as being overblown and soulless behemoths. You have to admire the audacity of these silent epics however, made with the seemingly limitless resources of the roaring twenties, and complete with confidence in their own scale. Rather than seeing what they could knock together on the back lot, they would actually put out to sea and do it all for real. And nothing, not even the most advanced CGI, can top that. But to do that and still tell the human story with tact and dignity is a feat indeed. In fact, compared to the 1950s epics, where the whole point was to show off the big set-pieces (and thus compete with TV), The Sea Hawk is not especially ostentatious. The big ships and buildings are there, but we aren't made to marvel at them; they are simply there because they should be, a very expensive yet faithful backdrop. And the genuine nature of this backdrop brings The Sea Hawk to us as a real-life adventure. If only all epic cinema could be like this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How can I get a copy of this movie helenwwilson
The Seahawk 1924 dora55
Discuss The Sea Hawk (1924) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: