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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Aimee de Tellison
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King Louis XVI (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
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John Wilkes
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The swashbuckling adventures of the hero of the Revolutionary War. His contributions weren't always appreciated by the new U.S. government. After the way Congress show their displeasure by sending him to the Russia of Catherine the Great. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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16 June 1959 (USA)  »

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Su imperio era el océano  »

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Financed by Pierre du Pont III. See more »

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At the beginning of the battle with HMS Serapis, Serapis is shown to resemble a frigate. Actually Serapis was a two deck, 44-gun ship, not a frigate. This is a common mistake. See more »

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Captain Richard Pearson: Captain, are you surrendering? Do you ask for quarter?
John Paul Jones: No sir! I have no yet begun to fight!
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Overdone in the Sun
17 August 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

After becoming a Revolutionary War hero, Scottish seafaring Robert Stack (as John Paul Jones) wants to hook up with wispy Marisa Pavan (as Aimee de Tellison), upon obtaining the blessing of founding father pal Charles Coburn (as Benjamin Franklin). Although he helped win America's independence, Mr. Stack butts heads with the country's Congress, who send him to Russia, where he has a brief encounter with French-accented Empress Bette Davis (as Catherine the Great).

This overproduced and generally uncomfortable-looking "John Paul Jones" biography is loud, stiff, and boring. As if to compensate, the color is turned up so much it appears as if the sea and sky were dyed for the occasion, along with a few of the wigs. There is an impressive use of fire during a sea battle, and Mr. Stack does get to exclaim, "I have not yet begun to fight!" Ms. Davis adds little beside her name to the credits, but Mr. Coburn and a few others help keep it afloat.

**** John Paul Jones (6/19/59) John Farrow ~ Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Bette Davis


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