The Pirates of Blood River
UK quad poster
Directed byJohn Gilling
Written byJimmy Sangster
Produced byMichael Carreras
StarringChristopher Lee
Kerwin Mathews
Glenn Corbett
Oliver Reed
Music byGary Hughes
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
31 July 1962 (United Kingdom)
August 1962 (United States)
Running time
87 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Pirates of Blood River is a 1962 British action film directed by John Gilling and starring Kerwin Mathews, Glenn Corbett, Christopher Lee and Oliver Reed.[1]


While in a penal colony, Huguenot Jonathan Standish (Kerwin Mathews) is captured by pirates led by Capt. LaRoche (Christopher Lee) who force him to lead them back to his home village to retrieve a treasure supposedly hidden there.



The film was issued on a double bill with Mysterious Island - which was Britain's biggest grossing double bill of the year.[2]

Films and Filming said it was the tenth most popular movie in Britain for the year ended 31 October 1962 after The Guns of Navarone, Dr No, The Young Ones, Only Two Can Play, The Road to Hong Kong, Spartacus, The Comancheros, Blue Hawaii, and HMS Defiant.[3]


  1. ^ "The Pirates of Blood River". BFI. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009.
  2. ^ Marcus Hearn, The Hammer Vault, Titan Books, 2011 p55
  3. ^ British films are tops at box office Author: Douglas Marlborough Date: Monday, Dec. 10, 1962 Publication: Daily Mail p 3