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The Golden Hawk (1952)

The seafaring adventures of French privateer Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo during the Franco-Spanish-English war of the 17th century.

Director:

Sidney Salkow

Writers:

Robert E. Kent (written for the screen by), Frank Yerby (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rhonda Fleming ... Captain Rouge
Sterling Hayden ... Christopher (Kit) Gerardo aka 'The Hawk'
Helena Carter ... Blanca de Valdiva
John Sutton ... Captain Luis del Toro
Paul Cavanagh ... Jeremy Smithers
Michael Ansara ... Bernardo Díaz
Raymond Hatton ... Barnaby Stoll
Alex Montoya Alex Montoya ... Homado
Poppy del Vando Poppy del Vando ... Doña Elena (as Poppy A. del Vando)
Albert Pollet Albert Pollet ... Governor Ducasse
David Bond ... Prosecutor
Donna Martell ... Emilie Savonez
Mary Munday Mary Munday ... Maria
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Storyline

Kit Gerardo, also known as The Hawk, is one of Frances's most daring privateers, rescues Rouge from a Spanish ship. She is also a pirate, working to restore the fortune the French took from her. When Kit is captured by the governor of Cartagena, Luis del Toro, Rouge demands that he be hanged for piracy. Only one person knows it, but Kit is the governor's son. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Daring PRIVATEER Meets Notorious LADY PIRATE!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Falcão Dourado See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

The Spanish soldiers appear wearing breast plates and helmets that properly belong to the 16th century. By the late 17th century--the period of this movie--all the armies of Europe wore coats and three pointed hats. See more »

Connections

Featured in Pirates of Tripoli (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung in the tavern in the opening scene
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A Sam Katzman Special
23 August 2009 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This Sam Katzman production is actually pretty good, considering the talent in front of the camera and the botched story. Sterling Hayden shows some life as a French privateer and, considering the by-the-numbers acting -- which seems to concentrate more on the clarity of the words than the subtlety of the emotions -- even Rhonda Fleming as another pirate captain with whom he is in love, is pretty good.

The best part of the movie, however, is provided by William Skall's cinematography. A Technicolor specialist, he keeps the camera moving in a lively fashion throughout and seems to have settled on 17th Century Dutch painting, with frequent Rembrandt-like dark backgrounds and muted tones for a lot of shots. This was something you could do with Technicolor, playing around with the chroma of the prints, that was lost when Technicolor fell out of fashion, that has only recently been restored to modern movies by computer techniques.

There isn't much that will surprise anyone familiar with pirate movies, but the overall effect is worthwhile.


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