Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess & the Devil | 1998
Television movie based on the novels of C.S. Forester about the exploits of British Naval Captain Horatio Hornblower at the beginning of the 19th century. Hornblower captures the French sloop "Le Reve" off the Spanish coast. At a high society dinner with the Governor of Gibraltar and his wife, Hornblower meets the Duchess of Wharfedale. He is asked to escort her back to England and to take a packet of naval dispatches with him. Out at sea, they find themselves in a fog and are captured and taken to a mainland fort. The Duchess has hidden the dispatches in her skirt but Hornblower fears that she is a spy. In prison, Hornblower is reunited with his friend Kennedy and they plan an escape. The wrecking of a Spanish trader offers the prospect of escape when Hornblower and his men go to the aid of the vessel that was en route to Portugal with the Duchess. The Duchess, revealed to be actress Katherine Cobham, hands the dispatches over to Captain Pellew and tells of Hornblower's bravery.