Seven Seas to Calais

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Seven Seas to Calais
Seven Seas to Calais.jpg
Directed by Rudolph Mate
Primo Zeglio
Produced by Paolo Moffa
Written by Lindsay Galloway
Screenplay by George St. George
Filippo Sanjust
Starring Rod Taylor
Keith Michell
Edy Vessel
Music by Franco Mannino
Cinematography Giulio Gianini
Edited by Franco Fraticelli
Adelphia Compagnia Cinematografica
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
March, 1963 (USA)
Running time
102 min.
Country Italy
Language Italian
Budget $650,000[1]
Box office $2.25 million[1]

Seven Seas to Calais (Italian: Il dominatore dei sette mari) is a 1962 Italian adventure film by Eastmancolor in CinemaScope, directed by Rudolph Maté (his final film) and Primo Zeglio. It stars Rod Taylor, Keith Michell and Edy Vessel.[2] The film depicts the career of Sir Francis Drake.

Plot summary[edit]

Sir Francis Drake (Rod Taylor) is one of Queen Elizabeth I of England's (Irene Worth) leading commanders in the battles with Spain over the gold of the New World. He is a pirate who has no problems about raiding Spanish gold arsenals. He is a military commander who plans and executes naval battles with the Spanish Armada. He is a diplomat who knows how to maneuver in courtly circles.




  • Giuseppe Abbrescia as Chester
  • Luciana Gilli as Indian Wife
  • Massimo Righi as Lord of the Royal Court
  • Anna Santarsiero as Indian Wife
  • Gianni Solaro as Admiral Medina Sedonia
  • Jacopo TecchivGarcia
  • Bruno Ukmar as Emmanuel
  • Franco Ukmar as Francisco
  • Adriano Vitale as Recalde


The film was mainly shot at the Titanus Appia Studios in Rome but some scenes were filmed at the Bay of Naples.[3] Rod Taylor was dating Anita Ekberg at the time.[4]


According to MGM records,the film earned $1,250,000 in North America and $1,000,000 in the rest of the world, earning it a profit of $293,000.[1]

It had admissions of 534,906 in France.[5]


  • Hughes, Howard (2011). Cinema Italiano - The Complete Guide From Classics To Cult. London - New York: I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84885-608-0. 


  1. ^ a b c "The Eddie Mannix Ledger", Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study, Los Angeles
  2. ^
  3. ^ Hughes, p.40
  4. ^ Stephen Vagg, Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood, Bear Manor Media 2010 p78
  5. ^ French box office for 1963 at Box Office Story

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