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John Paul Jones (1959)

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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Capt. Richard Pearson
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Marie Antoinette (as Susan Canales)
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Russian Chamberlain (as Jorge Riviere)
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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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So big all the seas of the world are its stage ! 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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Goofs

In the film it is stated that the name of Jones' ship, the Bonhomme Richard, was the French for "Poor Richard," in honor of Benjamin Franklin, author of "Poor Richard's Almanack" who was then the American ambassador to the French, who had provided Jones with his ship. While the ship was named in honor of Franklin, "Bonhomme Richard" is actually the French for "good man Richard." "Poor Richard" would have been "Pauvre Richard." See more »

Quotes

Esek Hopkins: Whoever heard of sending Marines to fight on the land?
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Yankee Doodle Dandy
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Colorful story of the Naval hero during the American Revolution...
22 August 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

JOHN PAUL JONES is certainly a colorful film to look at, but the script is rather stately and dull when it should be tense and exciting and a lot of this may be due to the casting of ROBERT STACK in the title role. He cuts a handsome figure in his period costumes and is certainly a man who can speak forcefully on occasion, but he tends to wear the same solemn expression throughout. His outbursts of anger are sometimes hard to comprehend but he does get things done and everyone seems to bend to his will no matter what the circumstances are--that's the kind of hero he's depicted as being.

It's a handsome looking film with a capable cast including CHARLES COBURN as Benjamin Franklin and MARISA PAVAN as Jones' love interest in a rather colorless role. But BETTE DAVIS has fun with her brief scenes and actually brings a lively flavor to the film once she appears as Catherine the Great and falls under the spell of the man with a commanding presence.

It may not be accurate as history, but it's spectacular to watch in some of the lushest Technicolor from the '50s with a nice score by Max Steiner that gives the film a lift when it needs it. Under John Farrow's direction, the film is a bit talky at times but comes to life during the battle scenes. Farrow shares credit for the script with contributions from Ben Hecht and others.


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