The seafaring adventures of French privateer Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo during the Franco-Spanish-English war of the 17th century.

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Capt. Rouge
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Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo
Helena Carter ...
Blanca de Valdiva
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Capt. Luis del Toro
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Jeremy Smithers
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Bernardo Díaz
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Barnaby Stoll
Alex Montoya ...
Homado
Poppy del Vando ...
Doña Elena (as Poppy A. del Vando)
Albert Pollet ...
Gov. Ducasse
David Bond ...
Prosecutor
Donna Martell ...
Emilie Savonez
Mary Munday ...
Maria
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Kit Gerardo, also known as The Hawk, is one of Frances's most daring privateers, rescues Rouge from a Spanish ship. She is also a pirate, working to restore the fortune the French took from her. When Kit is captured by the governor of Cartagena, Luis del Toro, Rouge demands that he be hanged for piracy. Only one person knows it, but Kit is the governor's son. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Daring PRIVATEER Meets Notorious LADY PIRATE!


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8 October 1952 (USA)  »

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O Falcão Dourado  »

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1.37 : 1
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The Spanish soldiers appear wearing breast plates and helmets that properly belong to the 16th century. By the late 17th century--the period of this movie--all the armies of Europe wore coats and three pointed hats. See more »

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Featured in Pirates of Tripoli (1955) See more »

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What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?
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Lady Pirate Gets Her Men
12 October 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although Rhonda Fleming and Maureen O'Hara were both Titian-tressed beauties whom technicolor was seemingly invented, O'Hara was known for playing the kind of parts that she would have been playing in The Golden Hawk, that of a lady pirate. I wonder if Sam Katzman sent this script to the wrong redhead or he couldn't get O'Hara and settled for Rhonda Fleming.

As history I really couldn't quite figure out just when The Golden Hawk is taking place. We've got Spanish pirate John Sutton, French pirate Sterling Hayden, and English lady pirate Fleming. Add to that Helena Carter who is the promised bride of Sutton who Hayden holds for a ransom at one point. So we've got the nationalities straight, but I couldn't figure out the time and place historically for how these alliances seem to shift and change.

As for the casting these are all competent players, but Sterling Hayden is as French as Anna May Wong. As for Sutton, fine actor that he is why didn't Sam Katzman go get Gilbert Roland who would have been believable. Maybe he did and Roland turned him down.

The hidden plot gimmick is that there's something going on between Sutton and Hayden which I can't reveal. There are some nice battle sequences, but that's the best thing The Golden Hawk has to recommend it.

Maureen and Gilbert dodged a bullet with this one.


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