History Film / TheSeaHawk

15th Jul '17 1:48:12 PM nombretomado
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Sabatini's picaresque novel had already been filmed as a silent in 1924, a version that hewed much more closely to the book. The 1940 film was deliberately designed not only as an adventure film, but also as a call to rally to the defense of Britain, then threatened by the [[WorldWarII Nazi juggernaut]]. The film was originally intended to end with a shot of England's modern-day battle-fleet; as it is, it ends with a speech by Robson denouncing "ambition of one man" who threatens peace for all -- the parallel between Philip of Spain and [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adolf of Germany]] being [[{{Anvilicious}} all too obvious]]. It was, indeed, this [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped timely message]], delivered before America had entered the war, that caused this film to be ranked, along with ''Lady Hamilton'', as one of UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's favorite films.

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Sabatini's picaresque novel had already been filmed as a silent in 1924, a version that hewed much more closely to the book. The 1940 film was deliberately designed not only as an adventure film, but also as a call to rally to the defense of Britain, then threatened by the [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Nazi juggernaut]]. The film was originally intended to end with a shot of England's modern-day battle-fleet; as it is, it ends with a speech by Robson denouncing "ambition of one man" who threatens peace for all -- the parallel between Philip of Spain and [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adolf of Germany]] being [[{{Anvilicious}} all too obvious]]. It was, indeed, this [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped timely message]], delivered before America had entered the war, that caused this film to be ranked, along with ''Lady Hamilton'', as one of UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's favorite films.
23rd Jun '17 4:20:30 PM jormis29
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ErrolFlynn plays a much more controlled, subdued character as [[TheCaptain Captain Geoffrey Thorpe]] than in his previous swashbucklers; Thorpe is a man driven solely by his patriotic duty. Creator/OliviaDeHavilland having rejected the part of Doña Maria for fear of type-casting (she was, moreover, at odds with the Warners' management over her insistence on playing the part of Melanie in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''), was replaced by Brenda Marshall, who made a lusciously raven-haired, sloe-eyed, aristocratic Spanish lady. Similarly fearing to play to type, Basil Rathbone rejected the part of the scheming [[TheDragon Lord Wolfingham]], and was replaced by the icily evil-sounding Henry Daniell. Montague Love took the part of [[BigBad King Philip II]], and Creator/ClaudeRains played Maria's Satanic-appearing but ultimately rather sympathetic uncle.

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ErrolFlynn plays a much more controlled, subdued character as [[TheCaptain Captain Geoffrey Thorpe]] than in his previous swashbucklers; Thorpe is a man driven solely by his patriotic duty. Creator/OliviaDeHavilland having rejected the part of Doña Maria for fear of type-casting (she was, moreover, at odds with the Warners' management over her insistence on playing the part of Melanie in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''), was replaced by Brenda Marshall, who made a lusciously raven-haired, sloe-eyed, aristocratic Spanish lady. Similarly fearing to play to type, Basil Rathbone Creator/BasilRathbone rejected the part of the scheming [[TheDragon Lord Wolfingham]], and was replaced by the icily evil-sounding Henry Daniell. Montague Love took the part of [[BigBad King Philip II]], and Creator/ClaudeRains played Maria's Satanic-appearing but ultimately rather sympathetic uncle.
10th Jun '17 10:25:25 AM nombretomado
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Sabatini's picaresque novel had already been filmed as a silent in 1924, a version that hewed much more closely to the book. The 1940 film was deliberately designed not only as an adventure film, but also as a call to rally to the defense of Britain, then threatened by the [[WorldWarII Nazi juggernaut]]. The film was originally intended to end with a shot of England's modern-day battle-fleet; as it is, it ends with a speech by Robson denouncing "ambition of one man" who threatens peace for all -- the parallel between Philip of Spain and [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adolf of Germany]] being [[{{Anvilicious}} all too obvious]]. It was, indeed, this [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped timely message]], delivered before America had entered the war, that caused this film to be ranked, along with ''Lady Hamilton'', as one of WinstonChurchill's favorite films.

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Sabatini's picaresque novel had already been filmed as a silent in 1924, a version that hewed much more closely to the book. The 1940 film was deliberately designed not only as an adventure film, but also as a call to rally to the defense of Britain, then threatened by the [[WorldWarII Nazi juggernaut]]. The film was originally intended to end with a shot of England's modern-day battle-fleet; as it is, it ends with a speech by Robson denouncing "ambition of one man" who threatens peace for all -- the parallel between Philip of Spain and [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adolf of Germany]] being [[{{Anvilicious}} all too obvious]]. It was, indeed, this [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped timely message]], delivered before America had entered the war, that caused this film to be ranked, along with ''Lady Hamilton'', as one of WinstonChurchill's UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's favorite films.
5th Jan '17 11:27:45 PM Spudd86
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** Several shots in the battle at the beginning of the movie are re-used from ''Film/CaptainBlood'', a man sitting up in the rigging being shot and several crew members below decks in a flooded room.
24th Sep '16 3:04:30 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* InNameOnly:

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* InNameOnly: The novel was a tale of an English gentleman framed for murder by his fiancée's brother, getting shanghaied to the Mediterranean, and converting to Islam that he might become a pirate and wreak vengeance on the people that threw him away. The movie is a tale of an English privateer and his affair with Queen Elizabeth, with a bit of background about the Spanish Armada.
24th Sep '16 2:58:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* StockFootage: Portions of the battle scenes are lifted from earlier Warners' silents; the attentive viewer can catch glimpses of Napoleonic ship design and costumes among the 16th century piracy.

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Portions of the battle scenes are lifted from earlier Warners' silents; the attentive viewer can catch glimpses of Napoleonic ship design and costumes among the 16th century piracy.piracy.
** The scenes of Doña Maria's carriage traveling through the countryside were taken from ''David Copperfield''. The film had to be darkened to disguise the fact that the carriage depicted was clearly too modern for this film's Elizabethan setting.
24th Sep '16 2:54:44 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* SociallyAwkwardHero: "Him what's taken whole fleets of Spanish ships, can't say a word to a slip of a girl."
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/CaptainBlood'', with Creator/ErrolFlynn in a sea epic directed by Creator/MichaelCurtiz. Also arguably to ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''.
1st Aug '16 11:57:08 AM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:338: By now you know the purpose of the Sea Hawks... in our own way, to serve England and the Queen.]]

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[[caption-width-right:338: [[caption-width-right:300: By now you know the purpose of the Sea Hawks... in our own way, to serve England and the Queen.]]
26th Jun '16 10:33:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShoutOut: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hg9qPei7W0 title theme-music]] to the 1990 Fox cartoon ''PeterPanAndThePirates'' deliberately echoes the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-RPzAbW7No Main Title music]] of this film.

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* ShoutOut: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hg9qPei7W0 title theme-music]] to the 1990 Fox cartoon ''PeterPanAndThePirates'' ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'' deliberately echoes the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-RPzAbW7No Main Title music]] of this film.
19th Jun '16 5:41:53 PM jamespolk
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