Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. ()

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During the Napoleonic wars, a British naval captain has adventures in Central American waters.


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Capt. Horatio Hornblower R.N
Lady Barbara Wellesley
Lt. William Bush
Lt. Crystal (as M. Kelsall)
2nd Lt. Gerard (as T. Morgan)
Midshipman Longley
Seaman Quist (as James R. Justice)
Denis O'Dea ...
RAdm. Sir Rodney Leighton
Richard Hearne ...
Polwheal (Hornblower's Batman)
Michael Dolan ...
Surgeon Gundarson
Mr. Harrison (Bosun)
Alan Tilvern ...
El Supremo (Don Julian Alvarado)
Spanish Captain
John Witty ...
Capt. Entenza
Col. Caillard - POW Escort
French Commandant
Ingeborg von Kusserow ...
Hebe (Lady Barbara's Maid) (as Ingeborg Wells)
Amy Veness ...
Mrs. McPhee (Hornblower's Housekeeper)
Kynaston Reeves ...
Adm. Lord Hood
Adm. McCartney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Basil Bartlett ...
Capt. Elliott (uncredited)
André Belhomme ...
French Guard (uncredited)
French Mate on 'Witch of Endor' (uncredited)
Maria Hornblower (uncredited) (voice)
Howard Connell ...
Seaman on 'Lydia' (uncredited)
Spanish Officer (uncredited)
Patric Doonan ...
Seaman (uncredited)
Lt. Woodford (uncredited)
Arthur Gomez ...
French Corvette Captain (uncredited)
Macrae (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ...
Seaman Garvin (uncredited)
Officer Aboard Cassandra (uncredited)
Anthony Marlowe ...
Capt. Bolton (uncredited)
Spanish Officer (uncredited)
Julio Monterde ...
Spanish Officer (uncredited)
Peter Morton ...
Hommel (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ...
Bosun's Mate (uncredited)
Stuart Pearless ...
Seaman on 'Lydia' (uncredited)
Raymond Sherry ...
Seaman on 'Lydia' (uncredited)
Jack Stewart ...
Seaman (uncredited)
Capt. Elliott (uncredited)
John A. Tinn ...
Juan (uncredited)
Russell Waters ...
Seaman (uncredited)
Capt. Sylvester (uncredited)
Byron Webster ...
Seaman (uncredited)
Patrick Young ...
Lt. Radot (uncredited)

Directed by

Raoul Walsh

Written by

Ivan Goff ... (screenplay) &
Ben Roberts ... (screenplay) and
Æneas MacKenzie ... (screenplay) (as AeneAs MacKenzie)
C.S. Forester ... (novel)
C.S. Forester ... (adapted for the screen by)

Produced by

Gerry Mitchell ... producer (uncredited)
Raoul Walsh ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Robert Farnon

Cinematography by

Guy Green ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Jack Harris

Casting By

Robert Lennard ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Thomas N. Morahan ... (as Tom Morahan)

Costume Design by

Sheila Graham ... (costumes designed by)
Thomas N. Morahan ... (costumes designed by) (as Tom Morahan)

Makeup Department

Tony Sforzini ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jack Martin ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Ken Adam ... associate art director (uncredited)
Bill Beavis ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

Harold V. King ... sound (as Harold King)

Special Effects by

Harry Barndollar ... special effects
George Blackwell ... special effects
Arthur Rhoades ... special effects (as Arthur S. Rhoades)
Cliff Richardson ... special effects

Visual Effects by

Peter Ellenshaw ... matte artist (uncredited)


Jack Cooper ... stunts (uncredited)
Jock Easton ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Maurice Gillett ... electrician (uncredited)
George Higgins ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Babs Gray ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

Louis Levy ... musical director

Other crew

Joan Bridge ... Technicolor color consultant
I.T. Clark ... technical adviser (as Cmdr. I.T. Clark O.B.E. R.N. Retd)
David O. Selznick ... Gregory Peck by arrangement with
Joan Davis ... continuity (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies

  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros. First National Picture)



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Plot Summary

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 voyage is uneventful but Horatio and Barbara develop a deep affection for one another, despite that he is married and she is engaged. There are more battles ahead however for Hornblower and he finds himself under the command of Admiral Leighton, Barbara's new husband. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines Wherever adventure beckons, you'll find Captain Horatio Hornblower! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Captain Horatio Hornblower (United States)
  • Captain Horatio Hornblower (Canada, English title)
  • Capitaine sans peur (France)
  • El hidalgo de los mares (Capitán Horacio Hornblower) (Spain)
  • El capitán Horatio Hornblower, el hidalgo de los mares (Spain)
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  • 117 min
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Trivia Stanley Baker had been struggling to find acting work, but after he was cast as the bosun shortly before his 22nd birthday he was never out of work thereafter. See more »
Goofs Hornblower asks whether Lady Barbara is related to the Duke of Wellington. This is in 1807. Sir Arthur Wellesley was elevated to the Peerage after the Battle of Talavera and to a Dukedom in 1814 after the Army invaded France. In 1807 he was still Sir Arthur. The title of Duke of Wellington did not exist. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952). See more »
Quotes Midshipman Longley: That was wonderful swordsmanship, sir.
Capt. Horatio Hornblower, R.N: Mr. Longley, when I was a midshipman I was bottom of the class in swordsmanship.
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