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Cruise of the Zaca (1952)

Actor Erroll Flynn takes a group of scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on an expedition to the South Seas aboard his schooner, The Zaca.





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Complete credited cast:
Himself - Narrator
Carl L. Hubbs ...
Himself (as Dr. Carl L. Hubbs)
Laura Hubbs ...
Theodore Flynn ...
Himself (as Thomson Flynn)
John Decker ...
Nora Eddington ...
Herself (as Nora)


From his Hollywood home, Errol Flynn copters to La Jolla's Scripps Institution of Oceanography for a few days. Inspired by the sight of a pod of gray whales, Flynn, his father (an oceanographer), and Dr. Hubbs from Scripts take Flynn's schooner, the Zaca, for a specimen-collecting trip down the coast, through the Panama Canal, and on to a southern port in Jamaica. Flynn's wife Nora joins them; his dad, Hubbs, and John Decker, an artist, turn the Zaca into a floating research lab. The Flynns take a raft for a day trip upriver to a Jamaican waterfall. There's an evening of dancing, then it's back to the sea. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

6 December 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Cruise of the Zaca  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The schooner "Zaca", featured in this film, was acquired in 1946 by Errol Flynn, an actor famed for his "swashbuckling" roles in numerous movies. It is featured prominently in the Orson Welles film The Lady from Shanghai (1947). Flynn owned the yacht until his death in 1959. See more »


At the start of the film, Flynn leaves his home, mentions and shows that he is carrying an apple and a banana, probably for his lunch. He stuffs the banana into his jacket pocket. As he runs to the waiting helicopter, you can see the banana pop out of his pocket and fall to the ground. He does not stop to retrieve it. See more »

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Opening dedication: To Dr. Carl Hubbs, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California and to Professor Thomson Flynn of Ireland, my warmest thanks for your technical advice. Signed, Errol Flynn See more »


References The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) See more »

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A nice chance to see an unusual side to Errol Flynn.
19 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

This short was included with the DVD for Errol Flynn's THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. Apparently, Flynn starred in, narrated and directed this short film about his adventures on his yacht, the Zaca. However, according to the nice more recent introduction that was included with the disk, while the short film appears to be based on one of Flynn's adventurous journeys on his yacht, it actually was pieced together from many trips--the first occurring just after WWII.

Unfortunately, the first thing you'll probably notice is how faded the color print is. While it's not in horrible shape, I agree with the other reviewer who suggested that this short needs to have restoration work done to it in order to bring out the colors. Plus, in a shot of sea lions, the print is a bit messy and there are a couple grainy places as well.

The film consists of color camera shots done without sound--sounds were added later and Flynn narrated it throughout. His delivery and script was very good--not the rambling and rather poor narration Flynn did in his last film, a terribly made documentary extolling the virtues of Fidel Castro (CUBAN STORY, 1959). In this film, it's a film about sea life and is done in a rather scientific fashion--as Flynn's father (a professor) examines and identifies each species.

In addition to seeing Flynn and his father, among some of the others you'll see in this film are Howard Hill (a master archer who acted and supervised the archery in ROBIN HOOD) and one of Flynn's wives, Nora (who, by the time this was released, was an ex-wife).

Overall, it's a tad dry but also interesting--especially to Errol Flynn fans. Seeing him in his travels was nice, as all most know about Flynn off-camera is sex and drinking. It's nice to see he had some more depth and personality to him. Not great but well worth watching.

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