I could have listened to these guys for a lot longer!
By "these guys," I mean the regular guys on these Warner Brothers DVD documentaries, such as Lincoln Hurst, professor of film at UC Davis, and Rudy Behlmer, author-historian, who both provide a lot of good stuff in this bonus feature on the Warner Brothers DVD, "The Sea Hawk."
The two guys discuss Errol Flynn and some of the other cast members, the behind-the-scenes production and special-effects of the film, the soundtrack and more.
Behlmer reminds us that "The Sea Hawk" had been done before, being a big silent-film hit in 1924. He also informs us that they were thinking of having The Sea Hawk as a followup to Captain Blood" (1945) but it was put aside for awhile because they wanted to put Flynn in "The Charge of The Light Brigade" and then "Adventure of Robin Hood." By the time they got around to doing this movie, they had changed it and Belmer and Hurst go on to give the history of how the movie was done by the studio. Both of these guys give a lot of history of this film and how it was produced and promoted. The part about the ships, alone, was very interesting. I'm glad I saw this feature AFTER the movie so I wouldn't know how the battle scenes were faked!
Robert Osborne adds information about Flynn, who brought it a lot of paying customers. "Bette Davis was the queen of Warner Brothers but Errol Flynn was the king," he said, "and never got credit for that. And, he felt, he was never quite appreciated for that by Jack Warner."
There were some nice tributes, too, to Flora Robson and Henry Danielle, although the latter was so pathetic at sword-fighting, Belmer laughed, they had to put in a double at the end! Daniell and Flynn have the final sword-fight and it is a dandy but 99 percent of it is so other guy than uncoordinated Henry. The soundtrack is given great praise, too. All-in-all, a very frank and interesting look back at this film and its actors. Don't pass this up on "The Sea Hawk" DVD.
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