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The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964)

A damaged privateer deserts the Spanish Armada and makes land for repairs near a village on the British coast, terrorizing the local inhabitants.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Robeles
Tom, Harry's father
John Cairney ...
Duncan Lamont ...
The Bosun
Michael Ripper ...
Pepe, a pirate
Ernest Clark ...
Sir Basil Smeeton
Barry Warren ...
Don Manuel Rodriguez de Savilla
Angela Smeeton
Natasha Pyne ...
Jane, Harry's sister
Annette Whiteley ...
Charles Houston ...
Philip Latham ...
Harry Locke ...
Leonard Fenton ...
Jack Rodney ...


A pirate ship, fighting in 1588 on the side of the Spanish Armada, suffers damage and must put into a village on the British coast for repairs. The village is small and isolated and the Spanish convince the villagers that the English fleet has been defeated and that they, the Spanish, are now their masters. This results in the villagers' sullen cooperation, but rumors and unrest begin to spread and soon the Spanish pirates find themselves facing a revolt. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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A Hot-Blooded Crew of Cut-Throats!


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Release Date:

May 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De piraten van Diablo  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's "village square" set was also used, only slightly altered, in The Crimson Blade (1963). See more »


The story takes place in 1588, but Suzan Farmer's hair style is strictly 1963. See more »


Sir Basil Smeeton: [Turning on Robeles, who wants his daughter as hostage] You'll have to kill me first!
Captain Robeles: If you insist!
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A ripping seafaring tale ... on land
24 January 2005 | by (Hertford, England) – See all my reviews

Made in 1964, this action romp (set on land) is one of Hammer's few forays beyond the world of horror.

Christopher Lee is on crisply villainous form as Captain Robeles, whose modest privateer Diablo comes off worse when the Spanish Armada gets a sound shoeing and has to limp into hiding in the marshes near an isolated English village.

To carry out repairs and escape safely, he and his crew hit on the wizard prank of terrorising the villagers into believing the Spanish won the engagement and that they represent the new authority.

It's all done on a shoestring but certainly doesn't look it and boasts all the usual Hammer trademarks of solid if slightly dull hero, heaving bosoms, weak authority figures, cowed locals and a meaty villain.

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