The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964)

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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
Andrew Keir ...
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)



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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Andrew Keir (Tom) was less than four years older than John Cairney (Harry), he played his father in the film. They were born on April 3, 1926 and February 16, 1930 respectively. See more »


The film states that the defeat of the Spanish Armada occurred in July 1588. In actuality, it took place on August 8, 1588. See more »


Harry: They're Spaniards! I know their stink!
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piracy can cost you an Armada and a leg
30 November 2014 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Christopher Lee's performance as the stern captain keeps "The Devil-Ship Pirates" from being a typical pirate flick. I also thought that Suzan Farmer was a real hottie in this movie, as she also was in "Die, Monster, Die!" True, this wasn't the best role of any of the cast members, but I enjoyed it.

Whenever I watch old movies set in centuries past, I notice that they characters look well groomed. I doubt that anyone looked that tidy in 1588. Of course, no one expects action movies to be realistic. Along with the scenes of the captain discussing how to keep the town under control, there's some drinking and swordfights to keep things going.

Pretty fun movie.

PS: The long-term result of the war involving the Spanish Armada was that the British colonization of the Americas got delayed twenty years: when they returned to the Roanoke colony in 1590, the colony had vanished, and its fate remains a mystery to this day.

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