Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.
Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from Confederate Prison and is set to Virginia City in Nevada. Once there he finds that the former commander of his prison Vance Irby is planning to send $5 million in gold to save the Confederacy.
Geoffrey Thorpe is an adventurous and dashing pirate, who feels that he should pirate the Spanish ships for the good of England. In one such battle, he overtakes a Spanish ship and when he comes aboard he finds Dona Maria, a beautiful Spanish royal. He is overwhelmed by her beauty, but she will have nothing to do with him because of his pirating ways (which include taking her prized jewels). To show his noble side, he suprises her by returning the jewels, and she begins to fall for him. When the ship reaches England, Queen Elizabeth is outraged at the actions of Thorpe and demands that he quit pirating. Because he cannot do this, Thorpe is sent on a mission and in the process becomes a prisoner of the Spaniards. Meanwhile, Dona Maria pines for Thorpe and when he escapes he returns to England to uncover some deadly secrets. Exciting duels follow as Thorpe must expose the evil and win Dona Maria's heart.Written by
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Warner Bros. constructed a huge sound stage then known as the Maritime Stage. It had an internal tank that could be flooded. The stage was large enough to house two full-sized sailing ships positioned side-by-side. A specially constructed backdrop mechanism realistically simulated the waves. The stage, numbered 21, was, at the time, the largest sound stage on the Warner Brothers lot and the second largest in Hollywood, second only to MGM's cavernous Stage 15. The Maritime Stage was destroyed by fire in 1951. See more »
Spanish galleons of the Elizabethan era did not have oars. See more »
King Philip II:
The riches of the New World are limitless, and the New World is ours - with our ships carrying the Spanish flag on seven seas, our armies sweeping over Africa, the Near East, and the Far West; invincible everywhere... but on our own doorstep. Only northern Europe holds out against us; why? Tell me, why?
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Reissue prints of "The Sea Hawk" run 109 minutes, and for years this was the only version available for television airing. Since the video restoration in the early 1980's, most TV stations now run the full 127-minute print. See more »
Get the family for this one, a terrific adventure picture.
The story is simple but when you add great sets, Errol Flynn and Korngold, it rises to the challenge of being an excellent adventure film.
The original black and white picture requires some restoration, some frames were missing when I viewed this on TCM.
The direction is nicely paced, never in a hurry except near the end. The production values are excellent, the director did a good job with the big battles.
Errol Flynn does his dashing swashbuckling hero with a great degree of confidence. The other performers back up the star very well.
The film comes into its own when you hear Korngold's powerful score, very dashing and loud, it will blow your mind. Korngold's style is very evident in John Williams' Star Wars and Superman compositions.
An excellent adventure picture for the entire family.
Avoid the colourized version, it's a disgrace that this practise was allowed to happen.
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