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The Sea Hawk (1924)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 14 June 1924 (USA)
A wrongly convicted English gentleman goes from galley slave to pirate captain.


Frank Lloyd


Rafael Sabatini (by), J.G. Hawks (adapted for the screen by) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Milton Sills ... Sir Oliver Tressilian
Enid Bennett ... Lady Rosamund Godolphin
Lloyd Hughes ... Lionel Tressilian
Wallace Beery ... Captain Jasper Leigh
Marc McDermott ... Sir John Killigrew (as Mark MacDermott)
Wallace MacDonald ... Peter Godolphin (as Wallace Mac Donald)
Bert Woodruff ... Nick
Claire Du Brey ... Siren
Lionel Belmore ... Justice Anthony Baine
Christina Montt Christina Montt ... The Infanta of Spain (as Christine Montt)
Albert Prisco ... Yusuf-Ben-Moktar
Frank Currier ... Asad-ed-Din - Basha of Algiers
William Collier Jr. ... Marsak
Medea Radzina ... Fenzileh
Fred DeSilva Fred DeSilva ... Ali (as Fred De Silva)


The adventures of Oliver Tressilian, who goes from English gentry to galley slave to captain of a Moorish fighting ship, all the while trying to regain his lady love. Follows the novel, unlike the 1940 movie of the same name. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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This film was restored and preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the Library of Congress. See more »


Sir Oliver Tressilian: I would to God I had died a galley slave ere I brought you to this!
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Featured in The Race to Save 100 Years (1997) See more »


Sea Hawk
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Modest Altschuler
Words by John LeRoy Johnston
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Original Sabatini
15 November 2013 | by nimblelandSee all my reviews

All right, I want to add a few things. First of all there are 2 films, not 2 film versions. The 1924 silent version adheres to the book, which I bought and read many years ago. I see that some battles scenes were lifted from this version. For a silent film it is very good. The 1940 version is very good as well. It's political sea drama between England and Spain. There is a galley and escape scene. There are sea battles with sound (which would not be hard updating the silent film.

I believe that Raphael Sabatini's version deserves to be remade. If you read Captain Blood, it reads like a film. The book The Seahawk is a great read. Check it out for yourself.

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14 June 1924 (USA) See more »

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(1994 restoration print)

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1.33 : 1
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