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Captain Horatio Hornblower RN

  • Drama
  • 1951
  • Raoul Walsh
  • 116 mins
  • U

Summary

Seafaring adventure, adapted from the books by CS Forester, starring Gregory Peck and Virginia Mayo. With Britain at war with France and Spain, Captain Hornblower sails on a secret mission to deliver weapons to El Supremo, a bloodthirsty Spanish rebel.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Based on three separate CS Forester stories about the scourge of Napoleon's navy, this sprawling, handsome but flat feature suffers from too many shifts of emphasis between action adventure and psychological study. Gregory Peck (in a role originally meant for Errol Flynn) plays Hornblower as a high-principled stuffed shirt and thus confounds director Raoul Walsh's efforts to inject some pace. Virginia Mayo, as the Duke of Wellington's sister, further slows the proceedings as Horatio nurses her through a bout of fever. What should have been stirring stuff spends too much time becalmed.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain Horatio HornblowerGregory Peck
Lady Barbara WellesleyVirginia Mayo
Lieutenant William BushRobert Beatty
QuistJames Robertson-Justice
Admiral LeightonDenis O'Dea
Lieutenant CrystalMoultrie Kelsall
Lieutenant GerardTerence Morgan
PolwhealRichard Hearne
Midshipman LongleyJames Kenney
HebeIngeborg Wells
El SupremoAlec Mango
Mr HarrisonStanley Baker
CaptainChristopher Lee

Crew

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DirectorRaoul Walsh

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros Pictures Ltd
Formats
Colour
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