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John Paul Jones (1959)

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The career of Revolutionary War naval hero from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia.

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John Farrow

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John Farrow, Jesse Lasky Jr. (film) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... John Paul Jones
Marisa Pavan ... Aimee de Tellison
Charles Coburn ... Benjamin Franklin
Erin O'Brien ... Dorothea Danders
Bette Davis ... Empress Catherine the Great
Macdonald Carey ... Patrick Henry
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... King Louis XVI (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
David Farrar ... John Wilkes
Peter Cushing ... Capt. Richard Pearson
Susana Canales ... Marie Antoinette (as Susan Canales)
Georges Rivière ... Russian Chamberlain (as Jorge Riviere)
Tom Brannum Tom Brannum ... Peter Wooley
Basil Sydney ... Sir William Young
Bruce Cabot ... Gunner Lowrie
Archie Duncan Archie Duncan ... Duncan MacBean
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Storyline

The swashbuckling adventures of the Revolutionary War hero and inspiration of the US Navy. His contributions weren't always appreciated by the new U.S. government. After the Revolutionary War, Congress loans him to Catherine the Great of Russia where he fights for her. The story concludes with his death in France. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The Scots Sailor of Fortune Who Founded a Navy! See more »


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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Su imperio era el océano See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was John Farrow's final film before his death on January 27, 1963 at the age of 58. See more »

Goofs

Captain Jones tells Lieutenant Dale that the other two ships in his squadron are privateers, and so are not required to obey his orders. His squadron actually consisted of the Bonnehomme Richard and three other vessels, not two. The Alliance under Captain Landais was a Continental frigate and as such was actually directly subject to Jones' orders; however, Captain Landais felt he should be in command of the squadron, and regularly ignored Jones' orders. The other two ships (not mentioned in the movie) were the frigate-armed merchant ship Pallas and the Vengeance a small brigantine (which took no part in the battle). These two ships were privateers, although both did a generally tolerable job of supporting Jones throughout the cruise. See more »

Quotes

John Wilkes: You have many enemies, Captain.
John Paul Jones: Aye! The British are the best!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle Dandy
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Traditional Anglo-American song
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Interesting directing
19 August 2010 | by pethelpersSee all my reviews

I was delighted to see this film as I am a voracious consumer of anything about the American Revolution. Aside from any possible historical flaws mentioned by others I found some of the directing touches quite interesting. Most novel was the way George Washington was portrayed when Jones went to visit him at Valley Forge. He was filmed only from the back as would be seen by some observer (e.g. news reporter ) in the room. The effect was quite powerful. It saved us worrying about things like if the actor playing Washington looked enough like him etc. and simply gave us a ghostly impression of the Washington we read about in the history books - namely, a giant of a man both physically and morally and probably the greatest man in history. It occurred to me that Director John Farrow was portraying not the man but rather alluding to the LEGEND on screen. If that was the aim he certainly succeeded.

The 'living presence' of the legend was enhanced by the fact that the image spoke in that arcane English of the time.

The net result was that a huge cinematic impression was provided of a very great man. Nice directing twist innovation !


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