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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aimee de Tellison
Dorothea Danders
King Louis XVI (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
John Wilkes
Capt. Richard Pearson
Susana Canales ...
Marie Antoinette (as Susan Canales)
Georges Rivière ...
Russian Chamberlain (as Jorge Riviere)
Tom Brannum ...
Peter Wooley
Basil Sydney ...
Gunner Lowrie
Archie Duncan ...
Duncan MacBean


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 <>

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Release Date:

16 June 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Su imperio era el océano  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Eric Pohlmann replaced George Sanders. See more »


Commodore Hopkins expresses surprise at the idea of sending marines ashore to attack Fort Montegue. Such operations were actually quite common. See more »


John Wilkes: You have many enemies, Captain.
John Paul Jones: Aye! The British are the best!
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »


Yankee Doodle Dandy
Traditional Anglo-American song
Riffs from it are integrated into Steiner's score
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John Paul Jones movie extras
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Just a question; where was JPJ filmed? (I'm looking for ALL locations)and does the movie archive keep a list of unnamed and uncredited extras who appeared (in the backdrop) of the film? My folks have had a replica of the Declaration of Independence in our living room that they say was a souvenir given to people (i.e. my uncle) who were hired by the producers as extras. He said that he was a signer of the document. He and my aunt also kept a copy in their house. It's been awhile since I've seen the movie, but I will look more closely next time to see if I recognize him. My uncle wasn't an actor, but a military man (retired, I think, by that time). He had to have been in the right place at the right time to be chosen as an extra. I'd love to have more info. Jeff

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