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The Sea Hawk (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 1 July 1940 (USA)
Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.

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Sir John Burleson
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Lord Wolfingham
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Miss Latham
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Abbott
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Capt. Lopez
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Danny Logan
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Oliver Scott
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Eli Matson
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Martin Burke
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Geoffrey Thorpe is an adventurous and dashing pirate, who feels that he should pirate the Spanish ships for the good of England. In one such battle, he overtakes a Spanish ship and when he comes aboard he finds Dona Maria, a beautiful Spanish royal. He is overwhelmed by her beauty, but she will have nothing to do with him because of his pirating ways (which include taking her prized jewels). To show his noble side, he suprises her by returning the jewels, and she begins to fall for him. When the ship reaches England, Queen Elizabeth is outraged at the actions of Thorpe and demands that he quit pirating. Because he cannot do this, Thorpe is sent on a mission and in the process becomes a prisoner of the Spaniards. Meanwhile, Dona Maria pines for Thorpe and when he escapes he returns to England to uncover some deadly secrets. Exciting duels follow as Thorpe must expose the evil and win Dona Maria's heart. Written by Julie Sherman <jsherma@hubcap.clemson.edu>

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Beggars of the Sea  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Studio archives contain a number of memos from Hal B. Wallis to Michael Curtiz detailing the production chief's dissatisfaction with the director's handling of many scenes in Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Attempting to avoid such conflicts and misunderstandings, he spent several hours with Curtiz going over Howard Koch's script scene-by-scene. However, production delays on Virginia City (1940) pushed back casting tests to January 1940. See more »

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Just before the Albatross engages with the Spanish ambassador's ship, one of Thorpe's men says "We're sucking the wind out of the Spaniard's sails." In order to employ such a tactic, one ship must be directly upwind of the other. Then the wind does not reach the downwind ship because it was "sucked up" by the upwind ship. The positions of the two ships do not at all support that tactic. See more »

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King Philip II: The riches of the New World are limitless, and the New World is ours - with our ships carrying the Spanish flag on seven seas, our armies sweeping over Africa, the Near East, and the Far West; invincible everywhere... but on our own doorstep. Only northern Europe holds out against us; why? Tell me, why?
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Old Spanish Song
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Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Lyrics by Howard Koch
Sung by Brenda Marshall (dubbed by Sally Sweetland)
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The boys do know how to swash their buckle!
29 June 2006 | by (Azusa, CA) – See all my reviews

The boys do know how to swash their buckle! By "the boys," I mean the team that made "Captain Blood" in 1935 and "The Adventures Of Robin Hood" three years later, in 1938.

Two years after Robin Hood, in 1940, the boys then made this wonderful, fun classic. "The Sea Hawk" is nothing short of wonderful four-star entertainment.

Of course, this team, aka "the boys," was comprised of the greatest swashbuckling star of them all, Errol Flynn (better even than Doug Fairbanks Sr.): the greatest director of swashbucklers in th history of cinema, Michael Curtiz; the finest composer of unforgettable anthemic soundtracks, Erich Wolfgang Korngold; and the happiest, jolliest, laughingest sidekick of them all, Alan Hale, Sr.

The lovely Olivia De Havilland would also naturally be included here except that for whatever reason, she was replaced by Brenda Marshall in "The Sea Hawk." Bummer! Marshall is a talented and pretty actress - but she can't tough De Havilland, especially when teamed with ol' "In Like" Flynn.

Flynn and his "legal" pirates are put through their paces in this one, even braving fever in the jungles of Panama as they fight a traitor and the King of Spain (the rat) - oh, and that all-time great rat, good old Claude Rains.

ARRRRGGGGGHHHH!!! Swash me buckle, me hearties, Errol Flynn's on watch!


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