"The Sea Hawk" p.3, Hollywood magazine, 1940
The royal group blazed with color against
a background of ropes and spars, green harbor water, and the quaint
old eaves of Dover town. Thorpe approached the carpeted dais where he
must kneel to receive the sword tap that would give him the title "Sir."
Cameras turned, onlookers held their breaths at the gorgeous spectacle...and
in that solemn moment Alan Hale tripped over Errol's sword, fell down
boom, and slid across the resined deck on his tummy.
Altogether, they merited the "launching"
held for them at a studio party where seven girls from seven lands
gave Errol seven vials filled from the seven seas, to break on the
bows of the vessels. The place was so full of pretty damsels that
the name of the picture could well have been changed to "The
In the thick of this battle, while steel clashed and
cannon thundered, Errol made a daring leap from his own deck to that
of the enemy. Sword in hand, he fought his way to the hold to free
the English prisoners chained as galley slaves. Then he raced to the
upper deck to join in the fray again.