1961 The Pirates of Blood River

The Pirates of Blood River - 1961

A Hammer film production released by Columbia Pictures Copyright MCMLXI Hammer Film Productions - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the names characters or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

RCA Sound Recording 

Made at Bray Studios, England 

Eastmancolour 84 min, 

A Hammerscope production photographed in Megascope 


Opening titles:- "At the end of the seventeenth century, men, women, and children voyaged far from their mother country seeking some haven from persecution. They were known as Huguenots. They found their haven and called it the Isle of Devon and gave thanks to God for their deliverance. But in the years to come, the just laws of the Colony began to yield to greed and tyranny. Happiness became an echo of the past. Freedom - just a memory." 
When he escapes from the prison compound, Jonathan Standing runs into a gang of bloodthirsty pirates led by the cunning La Roche, who is convinced that the little community is hiding a treasure in gold. Watch the trailer on YouTube



Production Designer Bernard Robinson
Supervising Editor James Needs
Production Manager Clifford Parkes
Editor Eric Boyd-Perkins
Art Director Don Mingaye
Assistant Director John Peverall
Sound Recordist Jock May
Sound Editor Alfred Cox
Continuity Tilly Day
Make-up Artist Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist Frieda Steiger
Wardrobe Supervisor Molly Arbuthnot
Wardrobe Mistress Rosemary Burrows
Casting Stuart Lyons
Special Effects Les Bowie
Horse Master and Master at Arms Bob Simmons
Camera Operator Len Harris
Director of Photography Arthur Grant, BSc
Music Composed by Gary Hughes
Musical Supervisor John Hollingsworth
Screenplay by John Hunter and John Gilling
From a story by Jimmy Sangster
Produced by Anthony Nelson Keys
Directed by John Gilling


Jonathan Standing Kerwin Matthews
Henry Glenn Corbett
La Roche Christopher Lee
Bess Marla Landi
Brocaire Oliver Reed
Jason Standing Andrew Keir
Hench Peter Arne
Mac Michael Ripper
Blacksmith David Lodge
Timothy Dennis Waterman
and with Jack Stewart, Lorraine Clewes and Jerold Wells


Michael Carreras formally left Hammer in 1961 to pursue projects elsewhere and, although he came back for the occasional film, he did not return full-time until 1971.
 Carreras's departure seems to have provided Anthony Nelson Keys with a promotion opportunity and this is his first film as Producer.
 A very young Dennis Waterman appears here. Later famous for his roles in Thames TV's "The Sweeney" and "Minder" series, he also worked for Hammer in "Scars of Dracula"( 1969 ). John Gilling's other credits for Hammer as director are "The Scarlet Blade" (1963), "The Brigand of Kandahar"(1965), "The Plague of the Zombies" {1966), The Reptile (1966) and The Mummy's Shroud (1966).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection