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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Horatio Hornblower, The Adventures of


Adventures of Horatio Hornblower is a 30 minute historical action/adventure series that aired in 1952-1953 starring Michael Redgrave as Horatio Hornblower . It traces the adventures of Horatio Hornblower as a Captain in the British Royal Navy during the time of Napoleon. It was based on the series of Hornblower novels by C. S. Forester.

C. S. Forester was an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

The Hornblower radio series was produced by Harry Towers and his Towers of London syndicate and was not broadcast over the BBC, although it was transcribed in England for the BBC. The BBC was not interested in doing the Hornblower series and it was aired in the U.S. on CBS, then again on ABC in 1954 and Mutual in 1957.

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