Captain Horatio Hornblower 1951

Captain Horatio Hornblower

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Capt. Horatio Hornblower (Gregory Peck) helms the HMS Lydia for a treacherous transatlantic mission near the dawn of the 19th century, during which his faithful crew battle both a Spanish warship and a ragged band of Central American rebels. In the process, he also saves Lady Barbara Wellesley (Virginia Mayo), whose brother is the Duke of Wellington. Though the couple fall in love during their return to England, she is betrothed to Hornblower's rival, Rear Adm. Leighton (Denis O'Dea).

Cast & Crew

Gregory Peck
Capt. Horatio Hornblower R.N
Virginia Mayo
Lady Barbara Wellesley
Robert Beatty
Lt. William Bush
Terence Morgan
2nd Lt. Gerard
James Kenney
Midshipman Longley
Michael Dolan
Surgeon Gundarson
Stanley Baker
Mr. Harrison
Ivan Goff
Screenwriter
Ben Roberts
Screenwriter
Æneas MacKenzie
Screenwriter
Robert Farnon
Original Music
Guy Green
Cinematographer
Jack Harris
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Critic Reviews for Captain Horatio Hornblower

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Audience Reviews for Captain Horatio Hornblower

  • Jan 30, 2012
    Decent filming of one of the C. S. Forster novels with a bit more romance than would normally be found in the books in the person of Virginia Mayo. High production values and solid acting make this very entertaining although the BBC series starring Ioan Gruffudd as Hornblower is still the very best version of the books.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    The movie takes sea-faring as serious as in a Disney theme park. While you drown in Technicolour (which is not always a bad thing) you struggle hard to find a story except for the pregenerated loveinterest between Peck and Mayo. Gregory Peck is, as usual, flawless and brilliant in his portrayal of a rather wooden man with a good heart, but the rest of the movie dims before his shine and becomes blurry and uninteresting. Not one of the good sea movies, out of the hundreds that Hollywood produced.
    Henrik S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2007
    I've seen this a thousand times and I had no idea Christopher Lee is in it???
    Valerie G Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2007
    not one of gregory peck's finest performances, but it wasn't a really bad one either. it was so so to watch
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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