Friday night movie: Horatio Hornblower (1951)

Here’s tonight’s movie:

IMDB rating: [7.4/10]


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.

Some nice swashbuckling and cannon-fire for a Friday night!

Mr. Lobster Pirate is pleased:

Lobster Pirate is pleased with this Friday's movie
Lobster Pirate is pleased with this Friday’s movie

Beat to quarters and clear for action!

Happy Friday!

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7 thoughts on “Friday night movie: Horatio Hornblower (1951)”

  1. HORATIO HORNBLOWER: Good suggestion. Wonder how close the movie was to the book, which I unfortunately have not yet read. Very interesting, for whatever proximity to history the movie had fidelity. The naval warfare scenes were as good, or better, than the more recent movie “Master and Commander”. Must have been quite harrowing to be in those battles; unless you had cannons with longer range &/or greater accuracy than the opponents then chances seem you might receive as well as give. Gregory Peck was awesome. Actors then seemed more ‘adult’ than most of todays. & The romance story seemed a bit naive by todays lower standards. Thanks for the tip. Glad i watched it.


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