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Devil-Ship Pirates, The (1964)

It is July 1588 and, in the English Channel, the British Fleet has been battling for two days against the mighty Spanish Armada.

Badly damaged, with half their crews killed, the ships of Spain battle their way up the Channel. And in the thickest part of the fighting is one of the smallest Spanish ships – the licensed privateer Diablo, captained by the ruthless Captain Robeles (Christopher Lee).

Damaged and taking on water, the Diablo is forced to put in to shore on a lonely stretch of the English coast near a small and remote village.

Realising that news of the Armada’s defeat hasn’t yet reached this remote location, the pirates convince the villagers that Spain has won the war and they are now their rightful masters.

John Cairney makes a bland but admirable hero as Harry, the one-armed English blacksmith’s son willing to resist the pirates

This swashbuckling adventure was a successful diversion for Hammer from their usual horror fare.

Captain Robeles
Christopher Lee
Tom
Andrew Keir
Harry
John Cairney
Bosun
Duncan Lamont
Pepe
Michael Ripper
Sir Basil Smeaton
Ernest Clark
Don Manuel Rodrigeuz de Seville
Barry Warren
Angela Smeaton
Suzan Farmer
Jane
Natasha Pyne
Meg
Annette Whiteley
Antonio
Charles Houston
Miller
Philip Latham
Bragg
Harry Locke
Quintana
Leonard Fenton
Mandrake
Jack Rodney
Gustavo
Barry Linehan
Pedro
Bruce Beeby
Grande
Michael Peake
Pablo
Johnny Briggs
Smiler
Michael Newport
Vicar
Peter Howell
Mrs Blake
Jane Ellis

Director
Don Sharp