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Fury at Smugglers' Bay (1961)

Pirate wreckers ravage a small seaside community while the ineffectual local squire tries to discourage his son's romance with a smuggler's pretty daughter.

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John Gilling

Writer:

John Gilling
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Squire Trevenyan
John Fraser ... Christopher Trevenyan
Bernard Lee ... Black John
Michèle Mercier ... Louise Lejeune
June Thorburn ... Jenny Trevenyan
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... The Captain
Liz Fraser ... Betty
Miles Malleson ... Duke of Avon
George Coulouris ... François Lejeune
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Maman
Juma Juma ... Juma, the boy
Christopher Carlos Christopher Carlos ... The Tiger, a pirate
Tommy Duggan Tommy Duggan ... Red Friars (as Thomas Duggan)
Maitland Moss Maitland Moss ... Tom, the butler
Humphrey Heathcote Humphrey Heathcote ... Roger Treherne
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During the 1790s, on the Cornwall coast, local pirates led by Black John shipwreck ships during stormy nights and plunder their cargo.The pirates destroy the pilot lights and light misleading fires to guide the ships in distress towards their doom.The pirates kill the surviving sailors and then plunder the ship's cargo.The local magistrate, Squire Trevenyan is aware of Black John's ship wrecking and smuggling.But he's powerless since Black John knows the Squire's darkest secret and threatens to reveal it.Worse still , Squire Trevenyan's son, Christopher, falls in love with Louise Lejeune, the daughter of a local merchant whom the Squire doesn't approve of.During the day,a daring highwayman known as The Captain robs any stagecoach that ventures through his domain.Squire Trevenyan is under pressure to end the lawlessness in Cornwall. Written by nufs68

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Plunder was the law - Love was the booty ! See more »

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UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De Zeerovers van de Nacht See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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During location filming in South Wales, the film-makers were obliged to disguise telegraph poles as palm trees (which are rare in Britain). See more »

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Music by Harold Geller
Lyrics by Tommie Connor
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FURY AT SMUGGLERS' BAY (John Gilling, 1961) **1/2
22 March 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

The title tells all in this second-rate but enjoyable adventure on a popular subject; star Peter Cushing gives it his all, as ever, and he's matched by a larger-than-life performance by Bernard Lee as the chief villain. Still, Cushing's previous collaboration with writer/director Gilling – THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS (1959) – had proved a lot more substantial (despite being shot in black-and-white).

Anyway, the remaining cast includes veteran George Coulouris, playing a French merchant convicted by squire Cushing as a wrecker, while John Fraser (in the role of the latter's son) and Michele Mercier (as the Frenchman's daughter) comprise the requisite love interest. Other notable characters to figure in the plot are a mysterious highwayman known only as "The Captain" and a young boy who goes by the name of Juma (also the name of the actor!), both of whom start off by being in cahoots with Lee and his gang but gradually change loyalties to emerge heroic by the film's conclusion. The widescreen print I watched (culled from the Region 2 DVD) displays some color fading but is otherwise pretty decent.

In the end, when compared to the similar but superior CAPTAIN CLEGG (1962; with Peter Cushing in the title role) – which being a Hammer production is, unsurprisingly, a more horror-oriented venture – this is unassuming family fare; two more films in the same vein I'd love to catch up with (both, incidentally, Hammer titles co-starring Christopher Lee) but which have never turned up in my neck of the woods are PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER (1962; also directed by Gilling) and THE DEVIL-SHIP PIRATES (1964)...


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