John Paul Jones (1959)

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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
Erin O'Brien ...
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)  »

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Su imperio era el océano  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


Scotland the Brave
Traditional tune
Unofficial Scottish anthem
Played on the bagpipes
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1 November 1998 | by (Fayetteville, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

Essentially a biography in movie format, tells of the life of John Paul Jones, the man who put the U.S. Navy on the map during the American Revolution. It touches briefly on his early life, concentrating on his life in the colonies and what led him to go there after a career in the King's service. Movie also touches on the impact and standards that Jones imprinted on today's navy, and it is this element, among others, that makes this well worth watching. Stack (although taller than Jones's height of 5'4") is perfectly cast in the title role. Not to be overlooked either are Coburn's portrayal of Benjamin Franklin, Davis's of Catherine the Great, and Max Steiner's excellent musical score. Additional note: movie was produced by Samuel Bronston, who also produced and did a magnificent job on "El Cid." Whether one is looking for a movie about the Age Of Sail period or simply wants to learn about Jones, this is an excellent choice.

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