Seeing from the info guide that Sanders was on the roster I had to watch it, even though it had already run for about 20 minutes by the time that I turned it on. The film actually stars Stewart Granger as Jeremy Fox, the anti-hero, and Sanders is a villain, chewing up the scenery as only he can.
The two men collude to smuggle stuff and make a fortune from it.
Oh yeah, and Granger’s character is smooching with Sanders’ missus. Lady Ashwood is played by Joan Greenwood with that distinctive, mellifluous voice, who, if she merely says hello you‘d think she‘s flirting with you.
The plot is inspired by a very popular 19th century novel by J. Meade Falkner with pirates and smugglers and derring-do. But I mention this film to talk about the costumes and their designer, Walter Plunkett. Gorgeous! The relentlessly brilliant color; Fox's red coat contrasting wonderfully with everything around him; Lady Ashwood's opulent dresses accented with a small black and white terrier; Lord Ashwood lounging comfortably at home in his lilac velvet coat . . . It’s all so mesmerizing!
By this time, Plunkett was well known as the go-to costume designer for period films. He had designed for Singin’ In The Rain (1952), The Three Musketeers (1948) and Gone with The Wind (1939).
When David O’ Selznick accepted his award for Gone With The Wind, the producer noted, "It's too bad there isn't an Award for costume designing, too, because Walter Plunkett would have received it." Later, Plunkett would be nominated for the Academy Award ten times, finally sharing one with Orry-Kelly and Irene Sharaff for An American In Paris (1951).