As far as costume swashbucklers are concerned, this is one of the greats. It has everything: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, chases, escapes, true love, miracles. And all of it anchored by a really excellent performance by leading man Milton Sills, who specialized in these kinds of brawny feats of derring-do.Continue reading “Fun Size Review: The Sea Hawk (1924)”
Gentlemen in starched collars insulting each other. What would we ever do without them? Milton Sills is not going to take this snotty talk lying down!
The tables are turned and Milton Sills (who is rocking those chandelier earrings) needs to decide what to do with Wallace Beery. Hang him or let him join the crew?
Sir Oliver Tressilian (Milton Sills) is a retired Elizabethan privateer whose life suddenly gets shot to pieces. He is framed for murder by his own brother, dumped by his fiancee, kidnapped, sold into slavery… What I’m saying is this guy has a chip on his shoulder. So he joins up with the Barbary corsairs and becomes the dreaded Sea Hawk. Now for that revenge…
Continue reading “The Sea Hawk (1924) A Silent Film Review”
Wallace Beery stole quite a few scenes in The Sea Hawk. Here he is, trying to charm the hero (whom he has kidnapped and kept locked in his ship’s hold) into forming a profitable (for him) alliance. Vowing by the ten holy toe bones always helps matters, I think.
Let’s review another vintage swashbuckler that was turned into a silent motion picture.