The Golden Hawk (1952)
Directed by Sidney Salkow
Genres - Action, Adventure | Sub-Genres - Swashbuckler | Release Date - Oct 17, 1952 (USA - Unknown) | Run Time - 83 min. | Countries - United States | MPAA Rating - NR
Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This Sam Katzman costume quickie stars Sterling Hayden as 17th-century privateer Kit Gerardo, and (inevitably in a buccaneer meller of this sort) Rhonda Fleming as a gorgeous female pirate named Rouge. When Rouge's vessel is besieged by the minions of evil Caribbean governor Luis del Toro (John Sutton), Gerardo comes to her rescue. As the film unfolds, it turns out that practically no one is who they seem to be--especially the mysterious Rouge. Producer Katzman cannily fleshes out the film with miles of stock footage from earlier pirate epics. Apparently contemptuous of his role, Sterling Hayden delivers an uncharacteristically awful performance, but Rhonda Fleming makes the whole enterprise worthwhile.
aristocracy, bad-guy, battle [war], conflict, corruption, damsel-in-distress, English [nationality], evil, fortune [wealth], good-guy, governor, high-seas, hostage, lady, past, pirate [seafarer], poverty, rescue, robbery, sea, Spain, swashbuckler