The Sea Hawk [Blu-ray]

The Sea Hawk [Blu-ray]

 Cast: Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
, Flora Robson
Flora Robson
, Claude Rains
Claude Rains
, Alan Hale
Alan Hale
, Brenda Marshall
Brenda Marshall
The Sea Hawk [Blu-ray]

The Sea Hawk [Blu-ray]

 Cast: Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
, Flora Robson
Flora Robson
, Claude Rains
Claude Rains
, Alan Hale
Alan Hale
, Brenda Marshall
Brenda Marshall


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In the 1580s, the Sea Hawks -- the name given to the bold privateers who prowl the oceans taking ships and treasure on behalf the British crown -- are the most dedicated defenders of British interests in the face of the expanding power of Philip of Spain. And Captain Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn) is the boldest of the Sea Hawks, responsible for capturing and destroying more than 50 Spanish ships and ten Spanish cities. His capture of a Spanish galleon, however, leads to more than he bargained for, in a romance with the ambassador's niece (Brenda Marshall) and the first whiff of a plan to put Spanish spies into the court of Elizabeth I (Flora Robson). Thorpe's boldness leads him to a daring raid on a treasure caravan in Panama which, thanks to treachery within Elizabeth's court, gets him captured and, with his crew, sentenced to the life of a slave aboard a Spanish ship. Meanwhile, Philip of Spain decides to wipe the threat posed by Elizabeth's independence from the sea by conquering the island nation with his armada. Thorpe, though chained to an oar, knows who the traitor at court is and plans to expose him and Philip's plans, but can he and his men break their bonds and get back to England alive in time to thwart the plans for conquest? The Sea Hawk was the last and most mature of Flynn's swashbuckling adventure films, played with brilliant stylistic flourishes by the star at his most charismatic, and most serious and studied when working with Flora Robson, whom he apparently genuinely respected. Boasting the handsomest, most opulent production values of a Warner Bros. period film to date, The Sea Hawk was made possible in part by a huge new floodable soundstage. Another highlight was the best adventure film score ever written by Erich Wolfgang Korngold; and the script's seriousness was nailed down by various not-so-veiled references not to 16th century Spain but 20th century Nazi Germany. The movie was cut by over 20 minutes for a reissue with The Sea Wolf, and the complete version was lost until a preservation-quality source was found at the British Film Institute. Since then, that 128-minute version -- which actually contains a one-minute patriotic speech by Robson as Elizabeth that was originally left out of U.S. prints, as well as amber tinting in all of the Panamanian sequences -- has become standard.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2018
UPC: 0888574712488
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W]
Language: English
Time: 2:07:00
Sales rank: 1,864

Special Features

Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1940 with: Newsreel, Short Alice in Movieland; Cartoon Porky's Poor Fish; Theatrical Trailers; Featurette: The Sea Hawk: Flynn in Action

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe
Flora Robson Queen Elizabeth
Claude Rains Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba
Alan Hale Carl Pitt
Brenda Marshall Dona Maria Alvarez de Cordoba
Gilbert Roland Capt. Lopez
Una O'Connor Miss Latham
Henry Daniell Lord Wolfingham
Clyde Cook Walter Boggs
William Lundigan Logan
James Stephenson Abbott
Montagu Love Phillip
J.M. Kerrigan Matson
Julien Mitchell Scott
Donald Crisp Sir John Burleson
David Bruce Martin Burke
Frank Wilcox Martin Barrett, a Galley Slave
Herbert Anderson Eph Winters,Maids of Honor
Clifford Brooke William Tuttle
Charles Irwin Arnold Cross
Edgar Buchanan Ben Rollins
Ellis Irving Monty Preston
Francis McDonald Samuel Kroner
Pedro de Cordoba Capt. Mendoza
Ian Keith Peralta
Fritz Leiber Inquisitor
Halliwell Hobbes Astronomer
Alec Craig Chartmaker
Frank Lackteen Capt. Ortiz
Victor Varconi Gen. Aguirre
Lester Matthews Lieutenant
Leonard Mudie Officer
Robert Warwick Capt. Frobisher
Harry Cording Slavemaster
Nestor Paiva Slavemaster
Frederic Worlock Darnell
David Thursby Driver
Michael Harvey Sea Hawk
Gerald Mohr Spanish Officer
Leyland Hodgson Officer
Colin Kenny Officer
Crauford Kent Lieutenant
Elizabeth Sifton Maids of Honor
Jack La Rue Lieutenant Ortega
Whit Bissell Gate Guard at Palace Entrance
J.W. Cody Whipper
Maurice Costello Man Carrying Spear
Dave Kashner Whipper
Alan Hale Jr. Carl Pitt
Guy Anderson [Herbert] Eph Winters
Guy Bellis John Hawkins
Michael Martin-Harvey Sea Hawk
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Composer

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Henry Blanke Producer
Howard Koch Screenwriter
Seton I. Miller Screenwriter,Screenwriter
Byron Haskin Special Effects
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Hal B. Wallis Producer,Executive Producer
Ned Davenport Stunts
Francis J. Scheid Sound Effects,Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Warner Producer
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