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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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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Cairney's flogging, which occurs at about the 69 minute mark, ranks 82nd in the book, "Lash! The 100 Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies." Curiously, Johnny Briggs, who plays the pirate nearly sucked under by quicksand, suffered a memorable flogging in Damn the Defiant! (1962). See more »


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


The Bosun: [Referring to the Spanish attache] He's still alive!
Captain Robeles: Throw him overboard!
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Great Title.
21 November 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Don Sharp directed this pirate film set in 1588, where a pirate ship led by Captain Robeles(played by Christopher Lee) is fighting for the Spanish Armada against the British. Their ship is badly damaged, and must go into dock for necessary repairs before they are captured. Their only chance is to convince an isolated nearby English village that in fact, the Spanish have won the battle(and not the other way around) which they manage to do at first, but after awhile, the village men become suspicious, and begin a campaign of sabotage and resistance, in the hope that they are in fact right... Good adventure yarn with interesting premise, fine acting, and well-staged action scenes. One of the best non-horrors from Hammer studios.

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