Captain Blood or the Sea Hawk in Films and Filmmakers Posted March 2, 2011 The Flynn version of THE SEAHAWK is not the first filmed version..A silent was shot around the transition to sound and some of the battle scenes in the Flynn film were culled from the earlier work, thereby saving some money for some other purposes, possibly to stay in the bank. This economy does not detract from a very enjoyable film. The novel, by Rafael Sabatini, is quite different from the Warner film. Completely different script etc.Interestingly(for myself at least) I bought a copy of the SEAHAWK at a flea market some years ago and was surprised to discover it had many black and white photographs from the oriiginal silent film starring Warner Baxter. Best,BG.