Cruise of the Zaca (1952) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.0/ 10 (137 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

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Release Date
(USA) - 6 December 1952

Running Time


helicopter, oceanography, sailing-ship, scientific-expedition, travelogue, underwater, voyage, zoology,

Technical Support
MET:465 m - (2 reels)
OFM:16 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.37 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Decker, John (III) as [Himself] <5>
  2. Flynn, Errol (I) as [Himself - Narrator] <1>
  3. Flynn, Theodore as (as Thomson Flynn) [Himself] <4>
  4. Hill, Howard (I) as [Himself] <6>
  5. Hubbs, Carl L. as (as Dr. Carl L. Hubbs) [Himself] <2>
  6. Eddington, Nora as (as Nora) [Herself] <7>
  7. Hubbs, Laura as [Herself] <3>


  1. Documentary
  2. Short

Full Plot

From his Hollywood home, Errol Flynn copters to La Jolla's Scripts Institute 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 up river to a Jamaican waterfall. There's an evening of dancing, then it's back to the sea. Actor 'Errol Flynn (I)' (qv) flies by helicopter from his Hollywood hills home to La Jolla to meet with his friends with the University of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. After some unplanned adventures and misadventures including following a pod of gray whales via helicopter, Flynn, on the request of the Institution's Dr. 'Carl L. Hubbs' (qv), tells of the reason for his trip: to provide his schooner, the Zaca - including himself, his marine biologist father 'Theodore Flynn' (qv), and the Zaca's crew - to do some important expedition work for the Institution, specifically to search for marine life that could be found on both the west and east coasts of the continent in order to study evolution as the once contiguous ocean was separated through plate tectonics over millions of years. As they travel south, through the Panama Canal, through the Caribbean and to the Atlantic, they encounter and collect a variety of small and large marine specimens. Despite the tireless work by all, they do manage to soak in some local culture along the way. Huggo Plot not found

Total Business

PD: 1946 -

Music Composers

  1. Jackson, Howard (I)


Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (1952) (USA) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [us] - (2003) (USA) (DVD)

Film Editors

  1. Steele, Rex


  1. Mantz, Paul (helicopter pilot) (uncredited)

Other Titles

  1. The Cruise of the Zaca (1952) (ENG)
    (International: English title) (DVD menu title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Guadeloupe Island, California, USA
  2. Panama Canal, Panama
  3. San Benitez Island, Mexico
  4. Montego Bay, Cornwall, Jamaica
  5. Port Antonio, Jamaica


- An extra on the Region 2 release of _The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)_ (qv)

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