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The Hellfire Club (1961)

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Years after fleeing his ancestral home with his mother, Jason returns home to claim his birthright, only to find his way blocked by his evil cousin Thomas. In order to reclaim his title, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Michell ...
Jason Caldwell
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Mr. Merryweather
Peter Arne ...
Thomas, Earl of Netherden
Kai Fischer ...
Yvonne
David Lodge ...
Timothy
Bill Owen ...
Martin
Miles Malleson ...
Judge
Martin Stephens ...
Jason Junior
Jean Lodge ...
Lady Netherden
Francis Matthews ...
Sir Hugh Manning
Desmond Walter-Ellis ...
Lord Chorley (as Desmond Walter Ellis)
Denis Shaw ...
Sir Richard Benlow
Tutte Lemkow ...
Higgins
Rupert Osborne ...
Thomas Junior
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Years after fleeing his ancestral home with his mother, Jason returns home to claim his birthright, only to find his way blocked by his evil cousin Thomas. In order to reclaim his title, Jason must do battle with his cousin, who calls upon the members of the deadly Hellfire Club to stop him. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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September 1963 (USA)  »

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Den hemmelige klub  »

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The real Hellfire Club was a group of 18th century aristocrats dedicated to the violation of local virgins. See more »

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Keith Michell and Peter Cushing
29 May 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1961's "The Hellfire Club" is really nothing more than a typical swashbuckler that promises more than it delivers. Co-scripted by Hammer's Jimmy Sangster, Keith Michell stars as Jason Caldwell, rightful heir to the Earl of Netherden, which has been claimed by wicked cousin Thomas (Peter Arne) as his own in Jason's absence. The actual Hellfire Club barely figures in the plot, merely a device carefully avoided by the filmmakers, making Jason's father and cousin Thomas members to justify its inclusion (and the title). In deference to its subject matter, both leading ladies are seen in compromising bathing situations, with Adrienne Corri and Kai Fischer supplying equal parts pulchritude and love interest. It's certainly quite watchable, action aplenty, and bolstered by a good cast, Keith Michell acquitting himself well in his athleticism. Best of all, Peter Cushing guest stars as wily attorney Mr. Merryweather, who agrees to take on Jason's case yet behaves in a rather untrustworthy manner, allowing his client to be convicted of murder and sentenced to hang (he's introduced watching the execution of one of his 'less fortunate clients'). A hint of necessary corruption indeed manifests itself in that first scene, as a dismissive Merryweather suggests a way to obtain the document that would prove Jason's inheritance: "if one was dishonest, which of course one is not, one could steal the letter!" His masterful use of props involve spectacles, snuff, and handy handkerchief, a memorable five minute cameo worth the price of admission.


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