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Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.
Basil Rathbone, who had previously fought Errol Flynn in Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), refused the role of Lord Wolfingham.
King Philip II:
The riches of the New World are limitless, and the New World is ours - with our ships carrying the Spanish flag on seven seas, our armies sweeping over Africa, the Near East, and the Far West; invincible everywhere... but on our own doorstep. Only ...
Horse teams are carefully assembled so that they work well together, with each position having a horse that does well in that position. One cannot simply take a horse without team experience - such as the typical Hollywood saddle mounted horses - and use them on a team. When Doña Maria takes the carriage, the right front horse is fighting the team rig, constantly trying to bolt and running at an angle to the rig. This is clearly a saddle horse and an extremely disturbed one, given the circumstances.
The British version, available on video, includes an additional scene at the very end of the film, featuring an uplifting wartime speech from Queen Elizabeth.