Night Creatures


1h 21m 1962

Brief Synopsis

In this engaging costume melodrama of skulduggery on the low seas set back in the 18th-century, the Royal Crown suspects a bit of smuggling is going on in this locale, and they send Captain Collier (Patrick Allen) and his crew to check it out. As the Captain gets into his investigation, mysterious swamp phantoms cloud up the real issue which seems plain enough to see. Captain Collier suspects that the odd village vicar (Peter Cushing) might be hiding something, and what better way to do that than by fortuitous ghosts to scare away the curious, or by posing as someone he is not?

Film Details

Also Known As
Captain Clegg
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
Kansas City, MO opening: 13 Jun 1962
Production Company
Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.; Major Productions
Distribution Company
Universal--International
Country
Great Britain

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 21m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

In 18th-century England, naval officer Captain Collier and a company of king's men are sent to the village of Dymchurch to rid the area of smuggling, but they are warned by Dr. Blyss, a tight-lipped vicar, not to expect any help from the villagers, who profit from smugglers' trade. Upon learning that his sole informant has drowned the previous night in the marshes, Collier marches his men to the site, where they are terrified by ghostly "marsh phantoms," later revealed to be decoys assisting in the smuggling of contraband liquor out of the local coffinmaker's shop. A mute mulatto in Collier's party recognizes Blyss as the notorious Captain Clegg, a pirate supposedly buried years before in the village graveyard. When Collier confronts Blyss with the information, the vicar avoids acknowledging the charges until his daughter Imogene can elope with young Harry Crabtree, the squire's son. The villagers, grateful that smuggling profits have been used to help the poor, rally to his defense; however, the vengeful mulatto, who was once tortured by Blyss, murders him.

Film Details

Also Known As
Captain Clegg
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
Kansas City, MO opening: 13 Jun 1962
Production Company
Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.; Major Productions
Distribution Company
Universal--International
Country
Great Britain

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 21m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

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Notes

Opened in London in June 1962 as Captain Clegg. John Elder is a pseudonym for Anthony Hinds.