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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Dorothea Danders
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King Louis XVI (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
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John Wilkes
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Marie Antoinette (as Susan Canales)
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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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The adventures that will live forever in America's naval history ! See more »


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16 June 1959 (USA)  »

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Su imperio era el océano  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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This would be the last time Max Steiner would compose a film score for a film featuring Bette Davis. He had written several scores for movies starring Davis, and had been her favorite composer. See more »

Goofs

Captain Jones tells Lieutenant Dale that the other two ships in his squadron are privateers, and so are not required to obey his orders. His squadron actually consisted of the Bonnehomme Richard and three other vessels, not two. The Alliance under Captain Landais was a Continental frigate and as such was actually directly subject to Jones' orders; however, Captain Landais felt he should be in command of the squadron, and regularly ignored Jones' orders. The other two ships (not mentioned in the movie) were the frigate-armed merchant ship Pallas and the Vengeance a small brigantine (which took no part in the battle). These two ships were privateers, although both did a generally tolerable job of supporting Jones throughout the cruise. See more »

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John Paul Jones: [about his crew] Work 'em hard, train 'em hard, and keep 'em happy.
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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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