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Fair Wind to Java (1953)

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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. ... See full summary »

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O'Brien
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Buddy Baer ...
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Howard Petrie ...
Reeder
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Sujata Rubener ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Rebell von Java  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)
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Actor 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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A Mini-De Mille
17 November 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

A sort of mini-De Mille picture from Republic studios, A Fair Wind To Java is a fast-moving adventure story set in the south seas. Fred MacMurray is excellent as the hero, really quite at home in the sort of costume picture role one wouldn't expect to find him in. What absurdities there are in the story are offset to a large degree by the actor's surprising moral authority as the humane captain. Vera Ralston is lovely if unexceptional as the heroine. The supporting cast is fine and energetic. As always, the Lydecker brothers provide superb special effects on a limited budget. Overall, a watchable, old-fashioned movie, if a tad anachronistic for the fifties. The ending provides genuine spectacle, and is well worth the wait.


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