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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Michell ...
Jason Caldwell
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Lady Isobel
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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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Routine swashbuckling adventure.

THE HELLFIRE CLUB is often wrongly sighted as a Hammer Films production probably because the film was written by Jimmy Sangster and features Peter Cushing in the cast. (I found this film on the Hammer Films shelf at my local video store.) In this adventure set in 1700's, Jason (Keith Mitchell) is driven out of his family estate after his mother is killed and raised by a band of circus performers. When Jason returns to claim his birthright as Lord of Netherden Castle, he discovers it has been taken over by his evil cousin Thomas (Peter Arne) who is a member of the nefarious 18th century secret society The Hellfire Club. With much Errol Flynn style derring do and a capture and an escape, Jason is able to rightfully claim his birthright and expose an evil conspiracy against the crown by the French and the wicked noblemen of The Hellfire Club.

Despite The Hellfire Clubs reputation (the real life secret society, not the film) for depravity and debauchery, mostly what we see of it in the film is pretty tame, even by 1960 standards. The orgy sequence that includes several scantly clad buxom babes in harem outfits is done tongue in cheek and looks as if the films makers were spoofing a harem sequence from some Maria Montez Arabian knights epic. Keith Mitchell as Jason is a bit stiff at times but he performs the sometimes cartoonish heroics convincingly. Peter Cushing is fine as usual in a rather small role as Merryweather. The film has nice production values and moves at a good pace, but overall THE HELLFIRE CLUB is just another movie.


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