Original cinema poster
|Directed by||Raoul Walsh|
|Produced by||David E. Rose|
|Screenplay by||Borden Chase|
|Story by||Borden Chase|
|Based on||Toilers of the Sea
by Victor Hugo
Yvonne De Carlo
|Music by||Richard Addinsell|
|Edited by||John Seabourne Sr.|
|Distributed by||RKO Pictures|
Sea Devils is a 1953 British–American historical adventure film, directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Rock Hudson, Yvonne De Carlo, and Maxwell Reed. The story is based on Victor Hugo's novel Toilers of the Sea which was the working title of the film. The scenes at sea were shot around the Channel Islands, and much of the rest of the film was shot on location in those islands as well.
The year is 1800, and Britain and France have been at war since 1798, in what later was to be known as the War of the Second Coalition. Gilliatt, a fisherman-turned-smuggler on Guernsey, agrees to transport a beautiful woman, Drouchette, to the French coast on his ship the Sea Devil. She tells him she hopes to rescue her brother from a French prison. Gilliatt finds himself falling in love and so feels betrayed when he later learns that Drouchette is a countess helping Napoleon plan an invasion of Great Britain. In reality, however, Drouchette is a British agent working to thwart this invasion. When Gilliatt learns this, he returns to France to rescue her, just as her true purpose has been discovered by the French.
- Rock Hudson as Gilliatt
- Yvonne De Carlo as Drouchette
- Maxwell Reed as Rantaine
- Denis O'Dea as Lethierry
- Michael Goodliffe as Ragan
- Bryan Forbes as Willie
- Jacques B. Brunius as Fouche
- Ivor Barnard as Benson
- Arthur Wontner as Baron de Baudrec
- Gérard Oury as Napoleon
- Larry Taylor as Blasquito
- Keith Pyott as General Latour
- Reed De Rouen as Customs man
- Michael Mulcaster as Coastguard skipper
- Rene Poirier as Duprez
- "Sea Devils, Credits". Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on June 7, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- "Sea Devils: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
- "Sea Devils, Overview". Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- The Times, April 25, 1953, page 2: First advertisement for Sea Devils, showing at Empire, Leicester Square - Retrieved from The Times Digital Archive June 7, 2014
- "Sea Devils: Technical Details". theiapolis.com. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- Sea Devils at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Sea Devils in the British Film Institute's "Explore film..." database
- Sea Devils on IMDb
- Sea Devils at the TCM Movie Database
- Sea Devils at AllMovie
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