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Writers:
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Release Date:
10 April 1951 (UK) See more »
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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

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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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Did You Know?

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:
Factual errors: It's 1807, and when Hornblower invites his officers for dinner before they go to capture the Natividad, they toast the King while sitting down, rather than standing to do so. This privilege was only given to the Royal Navy after 1830 when William IV became King. He had been a Royal Navy officer for many years himself, and knew how cramped things were on a ship, making standing for a toast difficult. (The book makes a point of mentioning the fact that this practice was not allowed.)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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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Only in technicolor can you get a sky like that!, 31 March 1999
Author: Fred-156

This film has a great story (C.S.Forester wrote the script from his novels), solid lead acting from Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo as the romantic interest, super supporting cast, and that beautiful '50s technicolor! Push the pause button on this film anywhere; the cinematography is lush, gaudy and gorgeous! I don't know how historically accurate the battle scenes are, but they kept me glued. (Questions I had during the battle scene: doesn't it hurt when a mast falls on you? How do they clean up after the battle?) I don't know a yardarm from a topsail, but Gregory Peck convinced me he knew every time he'd squint up at the top of the mast, or yell out "clear for action!" I was a sucker for Midshipman Langley and Lady Wellsely's exchange after the battle but El Supremo's makeup man should have been whipped with the cat'o'nine tails! The ending was "way too" convenient: Let's hope A & E's rendition is a winner!

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