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The House of the Seven Hawks (1959)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Mystery | 4 April 1960 (Sweden)
The film follows an American captain searching for sunken treasure who becomes entangled with criminals and is arrested by the Dutch police.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Victor Canning (novel), Jo Eisinger
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... John Nordley
Nicole Maurey ... Constanta Sluiter
Linda Christian ... Elsa
Donald Wolfit ... Inspector Van Der Stoor
David Kossoff ... Wilhelm Dekker
Eric Pohlmann ... Captain Rohner
Philo Hauser Philo Hauser ... Charlie Ponz
Gerard Heinz ... Inspector Sluiter
Paul Hardtmuth Paul Hardtmuth ... Beukleman
Lily Kann Lily Kann ... Gerta
Richard Shaw Richard Shaw ... Police Sgt. Straatman
Andre Van Gyseghem Andre Van Gyseghem ... Hotel Clerk
Leslie Weston Leslie Weston ... Tulper
Guy Deghy ... Desk Lieutenant
Peter Welch ... Gannett
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Storyline

American John Nordley captains The Aloha, a sailboat currently moored in the Port of Baymouth, England, the boat on which he lives and conducts private charters. He often bends the British laws by taking the boat to other countries not listed in his manifest, something that Captain Gannett with the Port Authority warns him may revoke his license. That's why Nordley is reluctant to abide the request of his latest customer, Mr. Anselm, who chartered the boat for a one week sail on the east side of the British Isles, but who makes a request, once on board, to sail to Maasvlakte, Holland, and despite the request being "under the table" he assuring Nordley not for anything illegal. But the request indirectly does get Nordley in potential trouble with the authorities, namely The Hague police, in the process of learning that Anselm isn't quite who he purported to be. With he detained in Holland and his boat temporarily seized by The Hague police in they unsure of his connection to Anselm, ... Written by Huggo

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COULD HE TRUST THIS LOVELY STRANGER? (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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This minor thriller was the last film Robert Taylor made under his very long contract with MGM, which began in the early 1930s. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Svengoolie: The Curse of Frankenstein (2020) See more »

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B-movie thriller
3 February 2020 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

John Nordley (Robert Taylor) sails his boat out of the British port of Baymouth. The authorities suspects him of smuggling to foreign ports. He is hired by older Dutch gentleman Anselm. Anselm surprises him with the destination of Holland without the authorities' knowledge but with a large payment. Anselm dies in his sleep. Upon arriving in Holland, Nordley is met by Anselm's daughter who quickly rummages through the dead body. Nordley had already hidden away the money and other stuff and she finds nothing. At the port, he is met by the police who takes him into custody. The dead man turns out to be police inspector Sluiter and his daughter Constanta was not the one who got on his boat.

This is a B-movie trying to be a cheap Hitchcock thriller. Taylor is treating the situation too lightly. The humor is too slight. I do like the starting premise but the story doesn't build tension. Taylor never lets on that he's in danger. The characters are mostly one dimensional. I would like for the two women to look a lot different. This is an easy thriller and it needs more tension.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Dutch | French

Release Date:

4 April 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The House of the Seven Flies See more »

Filming Locations:

Netherlands

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Production Co:

Coronado Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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