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.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Howard Koch (screen play), Seton I. Miller (screen play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... Geoffrey Thorpe
Brenda Marshall ... Doña Maria
Claude Rains ... Don José Alvarez de Cordoba
Donald Crisp ... Sir John Burleson
Flora Robson ... Queen Elizabeth
Alan Hale ... Carl Pitt
Henry Daniell ... Lord Wolfingham
Una O'Connor ... Miss Latham
James Stephenson ... Abbott
Gilbert Roland ... Captain Lopez
William Lundigan ... Danny Logan
Julien Mitchell Julien Mitchell ... Oliver Scott
Montagu Love ... King Phillip II
J.M. Kerrigan ... Eli Matson
David Bruce ... Martin Burke
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Storyline

Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn) 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 Doña Maria (Brenda Marshall), 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 I (Dame Flora Robson) 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, Doña 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 Doña Maria's heart. Written by Julie Sherman <jsherma@hubcap.clemson.edu>

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Never before so many thrills! Never such adventure, such romance! Sail to high adventure with 'The Robin Hood of the Sea.' See more »


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By this point, Errol Flynn was the studio's top male star, bringing in more at the box-office than any others on the roster, but he felt that he was not given the same deferential treatment as some of his colleagues. Flynn always felt ill-treated by the studio and was at frequent loggerheads with Jack L. Warner, who ran the West Coast operation. Warner, in turn, was tired of the constant problems he had with his star. Attempting to scare him into line, the studio screentested contract player Dennis Morgan for the role, but it was never really going to be anyone else's movie but Flynn's - and he knew it. See more »

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Just before the Albatross engages with the Spanish ambassador's ship, one of Thorpe's men says "We're sucking the wind out of the Spaniard's sails." In order to employ such a tactic, one ship must be directly upwind of the other. Then the wind does not reach the downwind ship because it was "sucked up" by the upwind ship. The positions of the two ships do not at all support that tactic. See more »

Quotes

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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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Alternate Versions

The British version, available on video, includes an additional scene at the very end of the film, featuring an uplifting wartime speech from Queen Elizabeth. See more »

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Featured in The Sea Hawk: Flynn in Action (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Strike for the Shores of Dover
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Lyrics by Jack Scholl and Howard Koch
Sung by the oarsmen when they take over the ship
Played also in the score
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The Real Star of this Film
4 July 2006 | by hjmsia49See all my reviews

While among the finest of Hollywood's swashbuckling classic films, the fine performances of its stars are still eclipsed by the rousing musical score of Erich Korngold. His music is timeless and an outstanding example of Hollywood's least appreciated contributors- the composers of film music. The art of film scoring, matching each scene with just the right music, has never received the recognition and accolades it truly deserves. The contributions of Korngold, Alfred Newman, Victor Young, John Barry, Henry Mancini, Maurice Jarre, John Williams and countless others are incalculable to the success of the films they scored. When Dorothy Hamill won her Gold Medal for Ladies Figure Skating at the Winter Olympics, she skated to music from "The Sea Hawk." Korngold's classic score was still fresh and stirring decades later.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beggars of the Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone) (Panama Sequences)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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