"The Sea Hawk" p.4, Hollywood magazine, 1940

Maria was terrified, but defiant. He swept her a bow, with a grin of pure deviltry for her expression of an embattled kitten. Maria acknowledged this amenity with a look that said she'd like to kill him, and would try to, the instant opportunity offered.

"Pirate!" she remarked.
He didn't, on the whole, make a good impression at this first meeting. But Maria did!

Long before noon on the first day's shooting of that sea fight, the combatants were half smothered by the smoke of their own cannon, and half starved after all the violent exercise. Came the lunch hour, but Director Curtiz made no move toward the commissary until Errol as a reminder adroitly slid a menu under the directorial arm.

It worked. But to safeguard the future, Errol conferred with an electrician. Next day on the stroke of twelve, in the middle of a dignified scene on the Madre di Dios with Spanish Ambassador Claude Rains...BONG-NG-NG-NG!! Curtiz nearly jumped overboard. The electrician had rigged up an alarm clock to the ship's bell. They ate on time that day, no foolin'.

Brenda Marshall had her troubles with "Professor", the acting monkey, when they had a difference of ideas about her gros point chair covering.

But the scenario had things in store for Errol which made a delayed meal insignificant. Trouble followed him like a camera boom, for, as everybody is aware, in the life of a cinema hero the disasters come fast and plentiful as close-ups. First thing you knew, Thorpe was off to Panama to intercept King Philip's treasure caravan as it toiled across the Isthmus. And such was the web of treachery spun about Elizabeth's court by Philip's agents, that Thorpe suspected even Maria--and left in secret. He didn't receive her warning that the Spaniards knew of his plans.

For the Panama jungle scene, they assembled over 200 kinds of South American trees and shrubs and vines---$10,000 worth---on a foundation of ditches and water pipes. There were eight acres of it. The moist heat, the scent of leaves and flowers, were overpowering. It was an area of dark, forbidding beauty.

Through this tangled maze crept Thorpe and his men, ready to pounce on the mule-drawn treasure wagons--while King Philip in faraway Spain chuckled over the counter-ambush his spies had engineered.

Montagu Love, in the role of Philip, was ruling his twelfth kingdom. During the past 30 years he has played twelve kings, eight princes, five dukes, and three dictators. He holds the celluloid record for jobs of the sort.

Philip proved too crafty for Thorpe. A prisoner, the Englishman was brought back to Spain, but in a hairbreadth escape he reached London and met Maria--of all people--riding in a coach...
Errol Flynn had been through a lot in the jungle and on the prison ship--but Brenda Marshall as Maria suffered more when she had to propose to him and make her offer good with a kiss.

Brenda--herself brought up romantically on her father's sugar plantation in the Philippines--had played only one important role previously on the screen. She had never kissed a man in front of the camera. And for the first one to be the famous Errol Flynn--!


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