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The House of the Seven Hawks (1959)

Not Rated | | 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.

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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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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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Mystery

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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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Coronado Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Taylor should have passed on this one.
23 April 2010 | by bill-790See all my reviews

"The House of Seven Hawks" would have been much better had it been produced by Robert Taylor's old employer, MGM.

Instead, the film turned out to be quite a disappointment for Taylor, a man who had been a major star for two decades. I will say this; the opening is quite intriguing. Taylor's character agrees to transport a man from England to the Continent by boat, and does so. After arrival, however, he soon discovers that this simple business deal is quite a bit more complicated than what he expected.

Sadly, the film does not take advantage of this clever opening. From that point on, it is rather routine.

As others have suggested, this ends up being a rather lackluster B effort not close to the level of the films Taylor made for MGM. In that regard, this movie is similar to the 1959 efforts of Alan Ladd, a man whose great success in the 1940s and early 1950s was followed by some very mediocre productions. (In Ladd's case, the actor himself was largely to blame due to very poor judgment regarding choice of film projects.)

My admiration for Robert Taylor has grown over time. He was a better actor than many gave him credit for. (I recommend his performances in "Bataan" and "Johnny Eager.") Sadly, this particular movie, though watchable, did nothing to enhance his reputation.


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