Tyrant of the Sea

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Tyrant of the Sea
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Directed by Lew Landers
Written by Robert Libott
Frank Burt
Produced by Sam Katzman
Starring Ron Randell
Rhys Williams
Valentine Perkins
Doris Lloyd
Lester Matthews
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Edited byEdwin Bryant
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
February 22, 1950
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States

Tyrant of the Sea is a 1950 American historical war film set during the Napoleonic Wars and starring Ron Randell, Rhys Williams and Lester Matthews. It was directed by Lew Landers.



The film began as a project titled The Return of Captain Bligh and was to star Charles Laughton, who had famously played Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). However Laughton, did not wish to repeat his performance, so the script was rewritten to focus on a fictitious character [1] based on Bligh that would eventually be played by Rhys Williams. [2]

Filming began on August 16, 1950. [3]

The film's sets were designed by art director Paul Palmentola.


Randell made the film while also appearing on stage in a double bill of Terence Rattigan plays, Harlequinade and The Browning Version . [4]

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  1. THOMAS F. BRADY (6 August 1949). "CLARK GABLE SET FOR DE VOTO FILM: Star to Play Lead in 'Across the Wide Missouri,' Based on Novel About Fur Traders". New York Times. p. 11.
  2. THOMAS F. BRADY (13 August 1949). "RKO AND WARNERS BUY NEW STORIES: Former Acquires 'Macao,' by Robert Williams -- 'Fires of Orinoco' Goes to Latter". New York Times. p. 6.
  3. "'All Passion Spent' Now Talked for Jane Wyman; Paramount Signs Beauty" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 6 Aug 1949: 7.
  4. Schallert, Edwin (10 August 1949). "Paul Douglas Heralded for 'Man Who Sunk Navy'; Randell to Join Evans". Los Angeles Times. p. 19.