2016 Reviews · Classic · movie · TCM

TCM 31 Days of Oscar – The Sea Hawk

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. I’ll be focusing on the movies I haven’t watched yet, with maybe just a few movies I’ve already seen.

Here is my 24th day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

The Sea Hawk

8 out of 10 All Stars

The Sea Hawk

1940 Action/ Adventure, Romance film. Starring Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Flora Robson, Peter Whitney, Henry Daniel and Donald Crisp.

The 360° Game: starts off with The Constant Nymph starring Claude Rains, and he was in High with Peter Whitney who was in the next film, Mr. Skeffington.

And the Oscar did not go to… nominated for four Academy Awards: Art Direction (Black-and-White) (Anton Grot). Original Score (Erich Wolfgang Korngold). Sound Recording (Nathan Levinson). Special Effects (Byron Haskin, Nathan Levinson).

The Sea Hawk

Short Synopsis: “Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.” (127 min)

A note before I start watching this. And why I chose this movie… Errol Flynn movie that I think I haven’t seen yet.
And a fact of the story… “Originally planned as an adaptation of Rafael Sabatini‘s 1915 novel The Sea Hawk, the film utilized an entirely different story inspired by the exploits of Sir Francis Drake, unlike the 1924 silent film adaptation, which was fairly faithful to Sabatini’s plot.” (Wikipedia).

My Thoughts: This has a 100% Tomato rating from RottenTomatoes.com and I can see why this movie was so good. It has it all, pirating, politics with England and Spain during the 16th Century, sword fights, and of course, romance. I really liked the battle scenes and the pirating scenes are classic.

The Play by Play Thoughts

The Sea Hawk

0:00 The Ship. And the opening credits. But at least we get some preview of the pirate ship.


0:01 Spain 1585 and “The Riches of the New World are limitless, and the New World is ours.” – King Phillip. And the King’s destiny and wish to control Norhern Europe, and he wants to conquer England most of all. This greed to conquer the world sounds like Hitler, after all this movie was made in 1940.

0:04 Spanish Ship. Spanish Ambassador Don Alvarez and his niece. Doña María, along with slaves that must row the ship. One of the slaves, William, has some sort of magic sense to know that they’re at the English Channels.

The Sea Hawk

0:09 The Albatross. Errol Flynn is their Captain. The Spanish can’t complain about losing the attack because The Albatross did ask them to surrender before attacking. Either way this was a great example of what a pirate attack looks like.

0:27 “Build a Fleet.” Queen Elizabeth talking to her two trusted councils about her Fleet and Spain.

The Sea Hawk

0:30 The Captain’s Tong-Tied. But not for long. So this is how Errol Flynn woos his women, by towering above them. Also by returning their jewelry that he’s pirated.

0:33 England and the Queen’s Court. Captain Thorpe is sure buddies with the Queen.

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0:45 “Fleet! Fleet! Must I listen to that from you, too?” Captain Thorpe has a plan of stealing Spain’s gold.

The Sea Hawk

0:50 Miss Martha is playing at matchmaking. And here is the romance scenes for Errol Flynn.

0:55 Lord Wolfingham, The Spanish Ambassador and their spies. Naturally they figure out Captain Thorpe’s plans with the astronomy of the Orion.

1:00 “I have an appointment, only she doesn’t know it yet.” And yet that appointment has to be postponed because of the Ambassador’s secrets and the Queen’s Court asking too many questions of Thorpe’s trading expedition. But he doesn’t know that his niece is in love with Thorpe and would try to warn him.

The Sea Hawk

1:04 “3 o’clock and all is well.” Maybe not because María couldn’t warn Thorpe. So she’s tearfully watching The Albatross leaving.

1:06 Captain Thorpe has arrived at Panama. And has arrived to a possible trap. Yup. And now to see if they will survive in the swamps.

1:20 Where is everyone? Just when they think they’re safe, now they have to worry about what happened with the crew on the ship. From the music it doesn’t look good.

The Sea Hawk

1:23 The Spanish Inquisition. Sorcery and Looting are Captain’s charges, plus some others he’s added. And now it’s off to the galley with them. And Doña María doesn’t know what has happened and sings a sad song of her lover off at sea.

1:35 Along the Coast of Seville. And the papers of the documents that tell the Spanish what to do in attacking England.

1:41 The Harbour of Cordiz. And their escape from the galley. Very stealth work at capturing the two ships.

“Alright men, you know what to do?” – Thorpe. My Gramps said “Kill. Work yourself into a frenzy and kill!”

The Sea Hawk

1:50 “Sing as you go.” Now that they’re free from slavery they can sing while they work on sailing the two ships they concurred and travel to England. Of course there’s always a little bit of time for Captain Thorpe to kiss his love María.

And then it’s off to find the Queen of England to tell her of the Spanish plans for attack.

But of course there will be some classic sword fighting for Errol Flynn to show off at. Like the first sword fight, four against one! How is that fair? Well it helps if your the hero of the story.

And then comes this sword fight…

2:01 “Have you nine lives Captain Thorpe.” And here’s the sword fight with Thorpe and Wolfingham with their large shadows in the background. A nice play with sword fight dancing and with lighting effects.

The Sea Hawk

2:05 Sir Geoffrey Thorpe. And a speech that was never heard of (though I’m sure something like it might have been said about the Queen making more ships to build a Fleet). This speech and King Phillip’s desire to rule the world is a way for the film makers to show similarities with Hitler.

2:07 The End. The Spanish Armada is on their way, but that’s ok because Queen Elizabeth shall build greater ships than those Spaniards.

The Sea Hawk


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