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Fair Wind to Java (1953)

In 1883, an American merchant ship's captain is searching for a treasure in diamonds from a sunken Dutch ship in the vicinity of a volcanic island in the Dutch East Indies.

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Capt. Boll
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Kim Kim
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Saint Ebenezer / Pulo Besar
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O'Brien
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Flint
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King
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Chess
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Jason Blue
Howard Petrie ...
Reeder
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Wilson
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Ahab
Sujata Rubener ...
Dancer (as Sujata)
Philip Ahn ...
Gusti
Stephen Bekassy ...
Lieutenant
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Pidada
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The Dutch East Indies, at the end of the nineteenth century. An adventurous captain of an American merchant vessel is looking for a sunken Dutch vessel containing 10,000 precious diamonds. Unfortunately, he's not the only one and then there's also that volcano on the nearby island of Krakatau, waiting to explode in its historical, disastrous eruption... Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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ADVENTURE...SPECTACLE...SAVAGE LOVE! (original print ad - all caps)


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28 April 1953 (USA)  »

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Der Rebell von Java  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Trucolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Claude Jarman Jr. made the picture on his summer vacation from college. He is quoted in "Growing Up On The Set" by T. and J. Goldrup as saying it was one of the worst pictures ever made. He became friends with Fred MacMurray, who would occasionally shake his head and ask, "Why am I in this movie?". See more »

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Avast Fred MacMurray
27 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Out in the Dutch East Indies and Captain Boll is out looking for treasure, diamonds to be exact. But he is not alone, and not only does he have to contend with on board grumblings, he has angry tribesmen and a rumbling volcano thrown into the bargain as well.

Fair Wind To Java is a just above average adventure yarn, gleaming colour and a tidy production ensure it's a watchable piece. The standard plot formula {complete with pretty female love interest} is boosted by the film's last quarter, here the viewers patience is rewarded with fights aplenty and the presence of Krakatau volcano literally doing its stuff. In fact the last quarter is a joy for those with home cinema, rough seas and volcanic rumblings boom out of the speakers, and certainly up the ante of the viewing experience. Outside of that the film doesn't have much else to highlight, the acting in the main is fine, Fred MacMurray as Boll and Victor McLaglen as O'Brien both turn in solid professional performances, but Vera Ralston as Kim Kim is desperately poor in the main female role.

Not one to recommend to adventure fans with any great confidence, but certainly worth a look on a rainy day. 6/10


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