The Sea Hawk


(out of 5)

My favourite of ‘s swashbuckling adventures (not counting The Adventures of Robin Hood) is this exciting tale of heroes and pirates on the wild seas. Liberally adapted from the novel by Rafael Sabatini, the film stars Flynn as a sea captain who is permitted by a frustrated Queen Elizabeth I () to go out in search of treacherous Spanish ships that threaten the great empire of England. As the monarch, Robson gives a performance so fierce and inspiring that it gives Bette Davis’ two portrayals of the same historical figure a good run for their money. Sumptuously shot on mammoth sets, plus enhanced by exciting sea battles (perfect for getting all those youngsters into World War II conscription offices right afterwards), this is Warner Bros. filmmaking at its peak.

USA, 1940

Directed by

Screenplay by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Art Direction (Black-and-White) (Anton Grot)
Best Music (Scoring) (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
Best Sound Recording (Warner Bros. Studio Sound Department, Nathan Levinson, sound director)
Best Special Effects (Photographic effects by Byron Haskin; sound effects by Nathan Levinson)



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