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Director:
Writers:
Ivan Goff (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
10 April 1951 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
Wherever adventure beckons, you'll find Captain Horatio Hornblower! See more »
Plot:
During the Napoleonic wars, a British naval captain has adventures in Central American waters. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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)
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)
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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)
 
Stunts
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)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Captain Horatio Hornblower" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
117 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1951) | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Trivia:
The movie is based on three "Hornblower" novels: ""Beat To Quarters", "Ship Of The Line" and "Flying Colours." These were all written in 1938 and were the first books of the series.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Hornblower's ship, the Sutherland, is firing to "dismast" the French ships, the resulting damage is shown using closeups of the French decks. In one a huge portion of a mast falls onto the deck. But it bounces lightly, and shows that it has a smooth bottom, revealing that it is a prop.See more »
Quotes:
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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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Man Behind the Gun (1953)See more »

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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A true classic,even in Spain, 9 September 2000
Author: manandi-2 from Salinas, Spain

This film is not frequently shown in Spanish television,but even with a clumsy Spanish dubbing-in which our heroic Hornblower changes his voice two times!one can see why it must be considered a classic of entertainment-Gregory Peck in his best years,ships, troubled romance,heroic sacrifice, the very Forester behind, and even a baby!And for me,its an extra pleasure checking a very young Christopher Lee trying to speak Spanish. This film is the perfect introduction for the still better, if possible, series starring Ioan Gruffudd which came so many years later.

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