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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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Capt. Boll
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Kim Kim
Robert Douglas ...
Saint Ebenezer / Pulo Besar
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O'Brien
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Flint
Buddy Baer ...
King
Claude Jarman Jr. ...
Chess
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Jason Blue
Howard Petrie ...
Reeder
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Wilson
William Murphy ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Rebell von Java  »

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

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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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Bound for the Open Sea
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Rubbish
18 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Capt. Boll (Fred MacMurray) is sailing in the Dutch East Indies in search of diamonds. A slave girl Kim Kim (Vera Ralston) that he buys holds the key to the whereabouts of the diamonds and she becomes the target of pirates, led by Pulo (Robert Douglas) who are also after the same thing. The film is a race between Boll and Pulo to find the diamonds which are located on Krakatoa. As it happens, this all takes place at the same time as the volcano erupts.

Its crap. I challenge the viewer to stay with it without wandering off and daydreaming about better things. There is no interest, drama, tension - its a straightforward plodding adventure. Its slow moving and the acting is terrible. Vera Ralston puts on a terrible accent - I mean, imagine pronouncing the word "volcano" as "volcarno" - that is an accent from nowhere! Also extremely irritating is Wilson (Paul Fix) as a pirate. Why have these false, unfunny comedy characters in stories? They are not needed and they provide no humour. Boll has a troop of comedy pirates with Wilson as the worst offender. He wears a ridiculous ear-ring as well. I'd have pushed him overboard.

Robert Taylor's mask is quite effective when we first see it, and the volcano wakes you up in the last 10 minutes, but the film is just a waste of time. The sets are so obviously fake (the speed at which the water moves in the background is so laughably unnatural), the sound quality is poor and the model ships are pushed along at speeds that defy belief. At the end of the film you will be drained and just want to go to bed because you have been so bored for the last hour and a half.


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