The Treasure of Ostend

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A fiction film for children featuring some of Hergé’s characters, Thompson and Thomson and the dog Milou (Snowy, in the English editions of Tintin). The theme is just a pretext to highlight, once again, the charms of the resort of Ostend: the beach, the casino and the smart evenings, the sports grounds, the racetracks, the port and the boats.

While his big sister flirts with her lover, a little boy loses his dog. A gang of friends help him to look for it on one condition: that he show them the treasure of Ostend. But one Milou can hide another, and the wanderings of the little poodle offer the possibility to develop a few gags: the game with the crab, the disturbance of shows where “no dogs are allowed”, the very Tati-like scene of the tennis tournament. All’s well that ends well: early in the morning, Milou returns to his master and the door of a cabin opens like a seaside theatre to reveal to the delighted children a treasure of seashells.


Director : Henri Storck

Dialogues : Charles Dorat

Camera : Frédéric Geilfus assisted by Jacques Moniquet

Artistic adviser for colour : Raoul Servais

Editing : Henri Storck and Lola Barrache

Music : Joseph Kosma directed by Serge Baudo with the collaboration of the Opera of Peking, Walter Gieseking, the ballets of the marquis de Cuevas, the Los Parguayos trio and the Montoyas Sisters.

Production : CEP

Actors : Christiane Lenain, Jacques Danois, Julia Stuart, Raoul Darbo, and little Jacques Ghaye. And the dog Piquette.

Film commissioned by the city of Ostend


Dutch version entitled De schat van Oostend. English version entitled Treasure of Ostend.


35mm/colour (Eastmancolor)/24’/1955


The counterpoint of shots of this ingenious tale, where adults, children and dogs each play their part, throws, if not an unexpected, then a somewhat idealistic light on Ostend. The excellent colour in this film is a tribute to Storck as much to the cameraman and gives the landscapes of the city a coloured pattern and a spark of sunshine that are, without doubt, part of how things really are, but which makes light of our cloudy horizons.

André Thirifays, Le Soir, September 1955


The light of Ostend and that of the coast is admirable for the cinema… Painters discovered it well before I did… On this score, the problems of painters and those of filmmakers are similar. It is therefore normal, as far as colour, clarity, and the pureness of the image are concerned, to make excellent films here.

Interview of Henri Storck, Le courrier du littoral, September 3, 1955


My dear Storck, do me a favour: let me write the score for your film…” It is Kosma who says this; Kosma, one of the most sought-after composers of current times in France and in Navarre.

La Cinégraphie belge, February 1956


An attractive tourist leaflet.

Le Drapeau rouge, July 13, 1957