1963 Devil Ship Pirates

Devil Ship Pirates - 1963

A Hammer film production released by Columbia Pictures 

Copyright MCMLXIII Hammer film Productions Ltd. - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate 

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

RCA Sound Recording 

Produced at Bray Studios, England 

Eastmancolour by Pathe 86 mins



Opening titles:- "July 1588: 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 on up the Channel. And in the thickest part of the fighting is one of the smallest Spanish ships - the licensed privateer 'Diablo'."
Robeles, the pirate captain of the Diablo, puts in for repairs and convinces the local villagers that the English fleet has been defeated...." Watch the trailer on YouTube


Production Designer Bernard Robinson
Supervising Editor James Needs
Production Manager Don Weeks
Assistant Director Bert Batt
Art Director Don Mingaye
Sound Recordist Ken Rawkins
Sound Editor Roy Hyde
Continuity Pauline Harlow
Make-up Artist Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist Frieda Steiger
Wardrobe Mistress Rosemary Burrows
Special Effects Les Bowie
Fight Arranger Peter Diamond
Sailing Master Capt. R.C.S. Garwood, CBE. DSO. RN
Camera Operator Alan Hall
Director of Photography Michael Reed
Music Composed by Gary Hughes
Musical Supervisor John Hollingsworth
Screenplay by Jimmy Sangster
Produced by Anthony Nelson Keys

Directed by Don Sharp


Captain Robeles Christopher Lee
Tom Andrew Keir
Harry Joh Cairney
Pepe Michael Ripper
Bosun Duncan Lamont
Manuel Barry Warren
Jane Natasha  Pyne
Sir Basil Smeeton Ernest Clark
Angela Suzan Farmer
Meg Annette Whiteley
Antonio Charles Houston
Bragg Harry Locke
Mandrake Jack Rodney
Mrs Blake June Ellis
Miller Philip Latham
Don Jose Joseph O'Connor
Quintana Leonard Fenton
Gustavo Barry Linehan
Pedro Bruce Beeby
Grande Michael Peake
Pablo Johnny Briggs
Smiler Michael Newport


Actor Johnny Briggs has a very small role in this film. He is now well-known to millions of television viewers as Mike Baldwin in Granada TV's"Coronation Street".
 Regular Assistant Director Bert Batt joins Hammer with this production. In 1969, he wrote the story (with Anthony Nelson Keys) and the screenplay for "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed".
 Director Don Sharp made two more films for Hammer - "The Kiss of the Vampire" (1963) and "Rasputin - the Mad Monk" (1966), His other credits include "Witchcraft" (1964, with Lon Chaney, Jr,), "The Face of Fu Manchu" (1965), "The Brides of Fu Manchu" (1966, both with Christopher Lee) and "Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon" (1967).

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