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Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 10 April 1951 (UK)
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During the Napoleonic wars, a British Navy Captain has adventures in Central American waters.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

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Ivan Goff (screenplay), Ben Roberts (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Capt. Horatio Hornblower R.N
Virginia Mayo ... Lady Barbara Wellesley
Robert Beatty ... Lt. William Bush
Moultrie Kelsall ... Lt. Crystal (as M. Kelsall)
Terence Morgan ... 2nd Lt. Gerard (as T. Morgan)
James Kenney ... Midshipman Longley
James Robertson Justice ... Seaman Quist (as James R. Justice)
Denis O'Dea ... RAdm. Sir Rodney Leighton
Richard Hearne Richard Hearne ... Polwheal (Hornblower's Batman)
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... Surgeon Gundarson
Stanley Baker ... Mr. Harrison (Bosun)
Alan Tilvern Alan Tilvern ... Hernandez
Alec Mango ... El Supremo (Don Julian Alvarado)
Christopher Lee ... Spanish Captain
John Witty John Witty ... Capt. Entenza
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In 1807, Captain Horatio Hornblower leads his ship the HMS Lydia on a perilous voyage around Cape Horn and into the Pacific. The men, even his officers, don't know exactly where he is leading them. England is at war with Napoleon and everyone wonders why they have been sent so far from the action. They eventually arrive on the Pacific coast of Central America where the HMS Lydia has been sent to arm Don Julian Alvarado, who is planning an attack against France's Spanish allies on the North American continent. The hope is that Alvarado's forces will require the French to divert some of their military resources to North American defense in the aid of their Spanish allies. He arrives to learn that a Spanish Galleon is en route and he no sooner captures it and hands it over to Alvarado that he learns the Spanish are now England's allies and he must take it from Alvarado. He also gets a very comely passenger in the form of Lady Barbara Wellesley, sister of the Duke of Wellington. The ... Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

10 April 1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Horatio Hornblower See more »

Filming Locations:

Mediterranean Sea See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alexander Davion's role was curtailed because of a schedule clash with another project, so his scenes were given to various other actors. See more »

Goofs

When Hornblower's ship, the Sutherland, is firing to "dismast" the French ships, the resulting damage is shown using closeups of the French decks. In one a huge portion of a mast falls onto the deck. But it bounces lightly, and shows that it has a smooth bottom, revealing that it is a prop. See more »

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Narrator: In the year Eighteen Hundred and Seven, a small ship of the Royal Navy set sail from England for a secret destination. With five million French and Spanish soldiers poised on the Continent under Napolean, nothing could save England from invasion except her 300 ships. HMS Lydia was soon far beyond battle-charged Europe. Under the most secret of sealed orders, she sailed for southern waters, fought her way around the Horn... headed north again into the Pacific. For seven months, she ...
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A Serene Noble Epic, Masterfully Told
21 October 2003 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

I don't know that much about the story of Captain Horatio Hornblower, so I can't vouch for the accuracy of this version. I saw it because I was interested in its director Raoul Walsh, who creates another of his roaring and high-spirited masterworks with this serene, honest, swiftly-paced adventure of the 19th-century British Fleet Captain, from the celebrated three novels by C. F. Forester. Walsh depicts Hornblower, fantastically incarnated by Gregory Peck, as a modest man characterized by a sense of duty and honor. Peck is perfect for the role. Aided by stunning Technicolor scenery and marvellous score, this simple epic on the high seas navigates through several battles in Spain, France, and South America. Walsh's staging of the battle scenes is flawless. But I was really impressed by the romantic moments by Hornblower and Virginia Mayo's Lady Barbara Wellesley. Their love scenes are wonderfully gentle and moving without being forcefully sentimental.

"Captain Horatio Hornblower" is a great timeless classic from a master director.


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