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    Re: Hornblower movies
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2006 May 8, 10:34 -0500

    The A&E movies were called "Young Hornblower," about Hornblower's life
    as a junior lieutenant.  They were quite good.   The only other
    Hornblower movie ever made was an adaptation of the very first
    Hornblower novel in which Hornblower was a full captain on a challenging
    mission off the coast of South America.  This was the novel that
    launched CS Forester to success as the Patrick O'Brian of the 1950s
    (Forester then penned additional Hornblower works taking him all the way
    from lieutenant to admiral).  The latter movie starred Gregory Peck and
    Virginia Mayo.   I haven't seen it in years, but as I recollect it's a
    pretty good adaptation of the novel judged by 1950s Hollywood standards
    (eg, the shipboard life scenes were good, but nowhere near as good as
    those in Master and Commander).

    Side note:  I fell in love with Hornblower in high school.   Drove my
    English teacher absolutely nuts -- every time we had to read a novel and
    write a book report I chose one of the Hornblower novels.   He finally
    asked if I ever read anything "important."  I looked at him sweetly and
    said "no."

    Lu Abel

    FrankReedCT@aol.com wrote:
    > Alex, you wrote:
    > "You mean there is a  movie?
    > I just read the book (under the influence of some recent
    > Nav-l  discussions) and I liked it very much.
    > Our library also has "Hornblower  Companion", with all maps
    > and technical commentaries to all Hornblower's  travels and battles.
    > Very exciting:-) I regrett I missed this in my  youth,
    > but in my youth I could only read those books which have been  translated
    > into Russian, and Hornblower was not."
    > There is a series of  tv movies made by A&E a few years ago which were very
    > popular and favorably  reviewed. There was also a feature film made in 1951.
    > I've never seen any of  them. For a list, details, reviews, etc. follow this
    > link:  http://us.imdb.com/find?q=hornblower
    > -FER
    > 42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.
    > www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars 
    > >

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