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Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

During the Napoleonic wars, a British naval captain has adventures in Central American waters.

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Moultrie Kelsall ...
Lt. Crystal (as M.Kelsall)
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2nd Lt. Gerard (as T. Morgan)
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Midshipman Longley
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Seaman Quist (as James R.Justice)
Denis O'Dea ...
RAdm. Sir Rodney Leighton
Richard Hearne ...
Polwheal (Hornblower's Batman)
Michael Dolan ...
Surgeon Gundarson
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Mr. Harrison (Bosun)
Alan Tilvern ...
Hernandez
Alec Mango ...
El Supremo (Don Julian Alvarado)
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John Witty ...
Capt. Entenza
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In 1807, Captain Horatio Hornblower leads his ship the HMS Lydia on a perilous voyage around Cape Horn and into the Pacific. The men, even his officers, don't know exactly where he is leading them. England is at war with Napoleon and everyone wonders why they have been sent so far from the action. They eventually arrive on the Pacific coast of Central America where the HMS Lydia has been sent to arm Don Julian Alvarado, who is planning an attack against France's Spanish allies on the North American continent. The hope is that Alvarado's forces will require the French to divert some of their military resources to North American defense in the aid of their Spanish allies. He arrives to learn that a Spanish Galleon is en route and he no sooner captures it and hands it over to Alvarado that he learns the Spanish are now England's allies and he must take it from Alvarado. He also gets a very comely passenger in the form of Lady Barbara Wellesley, sister of the Duke of Wellington. The ... Written by garykmcd

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The lookout posted near Alvarado's fortress uses a flashing signal device. This was not the practice of the Royal Navy until 1867. Source: Wikipedia - Signal Lamps. See more »

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Narrator: In the year Eighteen Hundred and Seven, a small ship of the Royal Navy set sail from England for a secret destination. With five million French and Spanish soldiers poised on the Continent under Napolean, nothing could save England from invasion except her 300 ships. HMS Lydia was soon far beyond battle-charged Europe. Under the most secret of sealed orders, she sailed for southern waters, fought her way around the Horn... headed north again into the Pacific. For seven months, she ...
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British swashbuckling heroics.
10 July 2004 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Raul Walsh directs this action packed adventure, based on three novels by C.S. Forester. Captain Horatio Hornblower(Gregory Peck) is a stern 19th-century seafarer during the Napoleonic wars. He sometimes hides the truth from the hands on the ship Lydia in order to survive battles with Spain and France in Central American waters. Eight months into his mission he takes on board Lady Barbara Wellesley(Virgina Mayo) and her hand-maid for the return trip to England. Their love is professed, but will not continue for she is promised to a Rear Admiral soon to be Hornblower's commander. Along the way back to British shores Lady Barbara comes down ill and Hornblower nurses her back to health. This is a prelude to a serious situation in his own home. He arrives and finds that his wife has died in childbirth. His thoughts return to Lady Barbara, but she has already married. Plenty of action with cannon laden majestic ships in battle. The supporting cast features: Robert Beatty, James Kenney, Alec Mango, Denis O'Dea and Christopher Lee. Almost two hours of sea-going adventure in beautiful Technicolor.


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