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Director:
Writers:
Anthony Hinds (screenplay) and
Barbara S. Harper (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
13 June 1962 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
What is the blood freezing secret of the night creatures? See more »
Plot:
In this engaging costume melodrama of skulduggery on the low seas set back in the 18th-century, the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Rev. Dr. Blyss
Yvonne Romain ... Imogene - serving wench
Patrick Allen ... Captain Collier

Oliver Reed ... Harry Cobtree
Michael Ripper ... Jeremiah Mipps (coffinmaker)
Martin Benson ... Mr. Rash (innkeeper)
David Lodge ... Navy Bosun
Derek Francis ... Squire Anthony Cobtree
Daphne Anderson ... Mrs. Rash

Milton Reid ... Mulatto

Jack MacGowran ... Frightened Man
Peter Halliday ... 1st Sailor Jack Pott
Terry Scully ... 2nd Sailor Dick Tate
Sydney Bromley ... Old Tom Ketch
Rupert Osborne ... Gerry (as Rupert Osborn)

Gordon Rollings ... Wurzel
Bob Head ... Peg-Leg
Colin Douglas ... Pirate Bosun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerry Crampton ... Tattooed Sailor (uncredited)
Harold Gee ... Fiddler (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Parishoner (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Graham Scott 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Hinds  screenplay (as John Elder) and
Barbara S. Harper  additional dialogue

Russell Thorndike  novel "Dr. Syn" (uncredited)

Produced by
John Temple-Smith .... producer
 
Original Music by
Don Banks 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eric Boyd-Perkins 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Peverall .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jock May .... sound recordist
Terry Poulton .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
Ian Scoones .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bob Simmons .... fight sequence staged by
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Jack Curtis .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical director
 
Other crew
Tilly Day .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Captain Clegg" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
80 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was based on Russell Thorndike's "Doctor Syn - A Tale of Romney Marsh," but Dr. Syn's name was changed to Blyss to avoid legal problems with Walt Disney, who claimed exclusive rights to Thorndike's stories.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The tavern scenes feature a modern violin.See more »

FAQ

Why is the main character Reverend Blyss, and not Dr Syn?
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
This one is special!, 18 December 2005
Author: A_Roode from Halifax, Nova Scotia

Of course being a Hammer fan I am completely biased. How anyone can not fall in love with Hammer films is beyond me (unless of course they watched the wretched 'Dracula AD 1972.' That however is a different review...). The colorized films are gorgeous to look at and 'Captain Clegg,' or 'Night Creatures' as it as also known is no different. Starkly contrasted visual sets make this film a joy to watch.

And then there is Peter Cushing. Cushing is always a joy to watch in any role, but I can't help but feel he must have enjoyed 'Captain Clegg' greatly. No vampires. No Frankensteins. No slime creatures. No creeping flesh. Peter Cushing acts in about as mainstream of a role as there was. Clearly he is enjoying himself and that only helps to make it a better film for the rest of us.

I won't get into plot details other than to say the film is about a group of late 18th Century smugglers in a village trying to outwit a patrol of the King's Revenue collectors. The film is far too short and you'll find yourself crying out for more. It runs at an extremely quick pace from open to close.

Something else remarkable in this film are the vivid characterizations. Hammer often skimps on those and proceeds directly to the monster. This is not the case here. You get to sink your teeth into several of the characters as this is very much as ensemble piece. Oliver Reed is strong, Cushing is magnificent, Michael Ripper is very good, and even Yvonne Romain is given some material to work with. Speaking of her, she turns in a very good performance. There is a fine balance of sweetness and menace she lives in. There are characters who love and seek to protect her and there are other characters with lustier, earthier goals. One particular scene has her working in the tavern serving drinks surrounded by rowdy, lecherous and leering sailors. Her character wants to be anywhere else -- it is hard to miss. She creates such empathy that its a shame as an actress her career wasn't longer. I think this film demonstrates that she great when given the chance to shine.

The most pleasant surprise is the philosophical depth that the film offers. It is in many ways is a meditation on life, on our past and how we may or may not be able to escape from it. The film asks if we are defined not only by what we do, but if the deeds we do can be erased or if we're to wear them forever like chains.

This is a special film which, until recently, was virtually impossible to see. Newly released on DVD, it can finally get the attention it deserves. WATCH THIS FILM. Treat yourself. You won't be disappointed.

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