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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Boll
Vera Ralston ...
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
Grant Withers ...
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)  »

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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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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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Featured in That's Action (1977) See more »

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Bound for the Open Sea
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based on "The Rio Grande"
Traditional
Lyrics by Jerry Roberts
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Lots of Action
26 May 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Republic Pictures knew how to do two things really well—action and special effects. Both are on showcase display in this south seas epic. Okay, no one expects deep think or character development from the studio of the matinée western, and this 90-minutes doesn't disappoint. For Republic, story was just an excuse to stage barroom brawls and shootouts, anyway. The plot here appears a cut-and-paste job from one of their many Saturday afternoon serials (e.g. a masked mastermind), while the characters seldom rise above stereotype.

Still, studio honcho Yates spent what for them was a bundle. He even went out and hired A- list Fred MacMurray to pair up with his hapless sweetie Vera Hruba Ralston. MacMurray, always the professional, gives his sea captain his all, while native girl Ralston has little more to do than get dragged around. I'm still puzzled, however, by handsome John Russell's presence in what seems a tacked-on role. Maybe it was something of a screen test for bigger and better things.

Anyway, the Trucolor is gorgeous, the action fast and furious if often mindless, while Krakatoa blows up real good. So, if you want your eyes entertained at the same time your brain takes a rest, be sure to tune in.


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