The Sea Hawk (1924)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 <>

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14 June 1924 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Águia dos Mares  »

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(1994 restoration print)

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Edited into Captain Blood (1935) See more »


Sea Hawk
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Modest Altschuler
Words by John LeRoy Johnston
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Long thought lost or incomplete the Sea Hawk survives much the way i was seen in 1924. A long costume film about pirates it was directed by the dependable Frank Lloyd and stars Milton Sills. My only complaint with the DVD is that the film has been bathed in re-tint & re-tone. The color at times can be so rich one can't see details in the film. I'd much rather have seen the movie in pure black & white. At times this movie can remind one of Ben-Hur released a year later, especially in the at-sea sequences. As far as the filmmaking, everything is top notch but it is still 1924. That camera will not move but the pictorial capture is beautiful. Lloyd is dependable and like many Hollywood directors he won't give anything more than dependability. Kind of like Harry Beaumont directing Beau Brummel that same year. Lloyd, at least at this time, won't think of panning the camera or a deep soft focus as would King Vidor or Alan Crosland. But what he gives us is exquisite & exciting. I was glad to finally see this film after so many years. dir. Frank Lloyd, First National.

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