Synopsis by Robert Firsching
This atypical adventure film from cult director Jesus Franco was based on a story by Jules Verne. Jose Manuel Marcos portrays 15-year-old Dick Sands, whose lifelong dream is to be a sailor like his godfather, Adm. Marlowe (Edmund Purdom). Marlowe gets Dick a job as a cabin-boy on a ship commanded by Captain Hull (Marc Cassot), who is charged with taking the Admiral's wife Clara (Doris Thomas) to America. Hull and the crew are killed during a whale hunt, leaving young Dick to captain the ship, which is soon taken over by Negoro (William Berger), a slaver posing as a cook. Dick must escape and help the passengers before they are sold into slavery in Africa. Howard Vernon, Fernando Bilbao, and Luis Barboo co-star in this ludicrous adventure. The action scenes are laughable, the acting is inept, and Marcos is woefully miscast in the lead. Versions run 86, 90, and 105 minutes.
bad-guy, cabin-boy, captain [military], cooking, death, escape, godfather [guardian], good-guy, passenger, sailor, teenagers