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The Sea Hawk

A man in period costume standing by the ocean.
June 2, 2024 - 7:00 pm
Introduction by Associate Motion Picture Curator Steven K. Hill, UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Admission is free. No advance reservations. Your seat will be assigned to you when you pick up your ticket at the box office. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The box office opens one hour before the event.

Live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick.

The Sea Hawk

U.S., 1924

The Sea Hawk was an instant success upon its release in June of 1924 — both critically and financially. Based on the 1915 Rafael Sabatini novel, the film follows the thrilling story of a valiant nobleman, Sir Oliver Tressilian (Milton Sills), who is framed for murder by his own half-brother (Lloyd Hughes). After being forced to work as a sailor by Capt. Jasper Leigh (Wallace Beery), he is captured by a Spanish galleon and made a slave in the ship. Freed by a Moorish galley, Sir Oliver becomes the pirate Sakr-el-Bahr (Hawk of the Sea), and strives to recover his lost love, Lady Rosamund (Enid Bennett).

DCP, tinted, silent, 123 min. Director: Frank Lloyd. Screenwriter: Rafael Sabatini, J.G. Hawks. With: Milton Sills, Lloyd Hughes, Wallace Beery.

4K restored digital version from the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Original 35mm photochemical restoration conducted by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Library of Congress, in cooperation with Naìrodniì Filmovy Archive.