Fun Size Review: The Sea Hawk (1924)

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.

Full-size ships, an Elizabethan atmosphere, Barbary corsairs and fidelity to the original novel by Rafael Sabatini further add to the please. This is a don’t-miss picture and easily one of the best swashbucklers made in any era.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Sills clears his name and is able to quit the Barbary corsairs and return to England.

Read my full-length review here. I also cover the 1940 Errol Flynn version, which jettisoned the original novel in favor of a Spanish Armada theme.

If it were a dessert it would be: Neapolitan 5-Layer Cake. Distinct layers combine into an elegant and harmonious whole.

Availability: Released on DVD from Warner Archive with a fine organ score by Robert Israel.


  1. Marie Roget

    Any-size review of The Sea Hawk always welcomed by this Milton Sills/Enid Bennett fan- thanks! We just watched it again last week on a new, bigger tv. The details of every shot just popped 🙂

      1. Marie Roget

        That lovely cake recipe looks interesting, too. I may have found a use finally for the inordinate amount of strawberries and blueberries I bought last weekend!

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