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Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. -- Hornblower (Gregory Peck) battles the French and the Spanish forces during the Napoleonic wars, but also finds time for romance.
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10 April 1951 (UK) See more »
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During the Napoleonic wars, a British naval captain has adventures in Central American waters. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Capt. Horatio Hornblower R.N

Virginia Mayo ... Lady Barbara Wellesley

Robert Beatty ... Lt. William Bush
Moultrie Kelsall ... Lt. Crystal (as M.Kelsall)
Terence Morgan ... 2nd Lt. Gerard (as T. Morgan)
James Kenney ... Midshipman Longley

James Robertson Justice ... Seaman Quist (as James R.Justice)
Denis O'Dea ... RAdm. Sir Rodney Leighton
Richard Hearne ... Polwheal (Hornblower's Batman)
Michael Dolan ... Surgeon Gundarson

Stanley Baker ... Mr. Harrison (Bosun)
Alan Tilvern ... Hernandez
Alec Mango ... El Supremo (Don Julian Alvarado)

Christopher Lee ... Spanish Captain
John Witty ... Capt. Entenza

Michael Goodliffe ... Col. Caillard - POW Escort
Eugene Deckers ... French Commandant
Ingeborg von Kusserow ... Hebe (Lady Barbara's Maid) (as Ingeborg Wells)
Amy Veness ... Mrs. McPhee (Hornblower's Housekeeper)
Kynaston Reeves ... Adm. Lord Hood
Ronald Adam ... Adm. McCartney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Basil Bartlett ... Capt. Elliott (uncredited)
André Belhomme ... French Guard (uncredited)
Robert Cawdron ... French Mate on 'Witch of Endor' (uncredited)

Diane Cilento ... Maria Hornblower (voice) (uncredited)
Howard Connell ... Seaman on 'Lydia' (uncredited)
Alexander Davion ... Spanish Officer (uncredited)
Patric Doonan ... Seaman (uncredited)
Anthony Forwood ... Lt. Woodford (uncredited)
Arthur Gomez ... French Corvette Captain (uncredited)

Richard Johnson ... Macrae (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ... Seaman Garvin (uncredited)
Howard Lang ... Officer Aboard Cassandra (uncredited)
Anthony Marlowe ... Capt. Bolton (uncredited)
Michael Mellinger ... Spanish Officer (uncredited)
Julio Monterde ... Spanish Officer (uncredited)
Peter Morton ... Hommel (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Bosun's Mate (uncredited)
Stuart Pearless ... Seaman on 'Lydia' (uncredited)
Raymond Sherry ... Seaman on 'Lydia' (uncredited)
Jack Stewart ... Seaman (uncredited)
Derek Sydney ... Capt. Elliott (uncredited)
John A. Tinn ... Juan (uncredited)
Russell Waters ... Seaman (uncredited)
Jack Watson ... Capt. Sylvester (uncredited)
Byron Webster ... Seaman (uncredited)
Patrick Young ... Lt. Radot (uncredited)

Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
Writing credits
Ivan Goff (screenplay) &
Ben Roberts (screenplay) and
Æneas MacKenzie (screenplay) (as AeneAs MacKenzie)

C.S. Forester (novel)

C.S. Forester (adapted for the screen by)

Produced by
Gerry Mitchell .... producer (uncredited)
Raoul Walsh .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Robert Farnon 
Cinematography by
Guy Green (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Harris 
Casting by
Robert Lennard (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Thomas N. Morahan  (as Tom Morahan)
Costume Design by
Sheila Graham (costumes designed by)
Thomas N. Morahan (costumes designed by) (as Tom Morahan)
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Martin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ken Adam .... associate art director (uncredited)
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harold V. King .... sound (as Harold King)
Special Effects by
Harry Barndollar .... special effects
George Blackwell .... special effects
Arthur Rhoades .... special effects (as Arthur S. Rhoades)
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... matte artist (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jock Easton .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Gillett .... electrician (uncredited)
George Higgins .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... Technicolor color consultant
I.T. Clark .... technical adviser (as Cmdr. I.T. Clark O.B.E. R.N. Retd)
David O. Selznick .... Gregory Peck by arrangement with
Joan Davis .... continuity (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros. First National Picture)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Captain Horatio Hornblower" - USA (alternative title)
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117 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1951) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | West Germany:12 (f)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

To save costs, the Hispaniola from Treasure Island (1950) was reused and renamed Lydia but now the ship was rocked instead of the horizon, this caused many problems due to the combined weight of ship's crew and equipment.See more »
Factual errors: Just before the Lydia sights land, Hornblower orders Lt Gerard to have the ship cleared for action. Hornblower then settles down to eat lunch in his cabin.

Aboard a frigate, the captains cabin would not be usable to eat when either 'cleared for action' or being cleared for action. Part of the ships battery was contained in the captains cabin and the gun crews would be in the cabin removing bulkheads and preparing the guns for battle.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...
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Splendid and Stirring; C.S. Forester's Hero Brought to Vivid Life, 16 June 2005
Author: silverscreen888

The Hornblower series of sea novels, written by C.S. Forester, are among the most admired adventures in the English language. There are eleven in all, which can be read independently or in series (although they were written out of sequence). In this attractive, rousing and well-acted compilation of two of the novels, the screenwriter, Aeneas Mackenzie, has taken liberties of course. But what we have, substituting U.S. accents for some upper class British types, is I assert a faithful and exciting realization of the Forester vision. Having read the series more than once, I suggest that Gregory Peck was almost a perfect choice for the hero's part apart from not being British. Others in the cast include Robert Beatty, virile as Mr. Bush, First Mate and Terence Morgan. As Lady Barbara Wellesley, pretty Virginia Mayo is equally un-Britannic and acquits herself with beauty and understanding of her role. The central character of these adventures is given in this film his most difficult assignment. He sails around the Cape of Good Hope and by use of a sextant alone contacts England's ally in the Pacific; only by the time he arrives, Don Julio Alavarado has renamed himself El Supremo and is demanding divine honors, while setting up a reign of terror. Obtaining the supplies he needs from the madman, Hornblower proceeds to capture a French ship much larger than his own; then when peace is declared between France and England and her allies, he has to attack El Supremo, in that larger vessel, to whom he delivered the vessel as his orders read; he Mundt do this to avert having made an enemy of England's new friend, France, into a dangerous force. What happens then, how he falls--hopelessly--in love with the Duke of Wellington's sister and what happens when he is captured, escapes the guillotine in France and brings home a lost ship and many impressed English seamen forms the bulk of the film. The direction by action film legend Raoul Walsh is often splendid; so are the battle scenes. The music, sets, costumes and lighting all deserve mention; the art director for the film was excellent also. This is a very intelligent film, with wonderful Forester dialogue, a triumph for all concerned. The climax actually takes place at the Admiralty when Hornblower reports to his superiors; the ending is satisfying and memorable. The only shame is no sequel was ever made. The underplot of Hornblower being a lower-class servant of upper-class masters and hiding his fears in battle by simply fighting through them is handled here in subtle fashion; but the idea of being a captain in the Royal Navy of the Empire poorly paid, without personal wealth and at the whim of fortune and Admiralty enemies adds to the goings-on enormously. This is splendid adventure film-making by any standard.

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