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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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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
Susana Canales ...
Marie Antoinette (as Susan Canales)
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Russian Chamberlain (as Jorge Riviere)
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Peter Wooley
Basil Sydney ...
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Gunner Lowrie
Archie Duncan ...
Duncan MacBean
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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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Ainda não Comecei a Lutar  »

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The opening and closing scenes feature the U.S.S Des Moines CA-134. See more »

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

Quotes

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 »

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Scotland the Brave
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Unofficial Scottish anthem
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Sailing on the bounding main
4 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not entirely accurate but at times rousing nautical adventure purporting to tell the story of the early American naval hero.

Stack is okay in the lead but some of his early career zest would have benefited the character. What we get instead is a rigid and mostly humorless stick figure in the lead. Some reverence for Jones is that man's due but a bit more animation in Stack's performance would have made him more accessible.

What helps deflect from his wooden performance is an incredibly colorful and sumptuous production with several maritime battles thrown in for good measure that's a treat to the eyes. Aside from that there are some very well cast performers in key roles. MacDonald Carey makes a fine Patrick Henry and Bette Davis, dolled up in a sky high wig, ermine and pearls, has a lot of fun in her tiny cameo as Catherine the Great. The real standout though is Charles Coburn as Benjamin Franklin. So right is he for the role, not just in appearance but getting the balance of the pattern of Franklin's personality right, a mix of seriousness and the twinkle in his eye and sense of fun that old Ben was renown for that it makes you regret that he never had a chance to more fully portray Franklin in a biography.

As a true document of John Paul Jones life it may miss the mark but it's still a decent entertainment.


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