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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

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 ... Hernandez
Alec Mango ... El Supremo (Don Julian Alvarado)
Christopher Lee ... Spanish Captain
John Witty John Witty ... Capt. Entenza
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Storyline

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

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

Russell Hunter screentested for this movie. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the battle with the Natividad, there is no significant change in the trim or setting of the sails on either ship, despite each making numerous changes in direction. The yards, and so the sails, should have been adjusted with each change of direction. Further, at times it can be seen that the sails of the ships are actually aback (being push backwards against a mast), a highly undesirable situation which would bring the ship to a stop. In at least one scene, this happens while the sails of the other ship, which is on a similar course, are well filled with wind. 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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Referenced in Pertsa ja Kilu: Pertsa ja Kilu kippareina: Ryöstö (1973) See more »

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A true classic,even in Spain
9 September 2000 | by manandi-2See all my reviews

This film is not frequently shown in Spanish television,but even with a clumsy Spanish dubbing-in which our heroic Hornblower changes his voice two times!one can see why it must be considered a classic of entertainment-Gregory Peck in his best years,ships, troubled romance,heroic sacrifice, the very Forester behind, and even a baby!And for me,its an extra pleasure checking a very young Christopher Lee trying to speak Spanish. This film is the perfect introduction for the still better, if possible, series starring Ioan Gruffudd which came so many years later.


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