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Old Ironsides (1926)

An American fighting ship battles Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean in the 18th century.


James Cruze


Laurence Stallings (story), Harry Carr (suggested and adapted by) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Charles Farrell ... The Commodore
Esther Ralston ... Esther
Wallace Beery ... Bos'n
George Bancroft ... Gunner
Charles Hill Mailes ... Commodore Preble
Johnnie Walker ... Lt. Stephen Decatur
Eddie Fetherston Eddie Fetherston ... Lt. Richard Somers
Guy Oliver ... First Mate
George Godfrey ... The Cook
William Conklin ... Esther's Father
Effie Ellsler ... Esther's Mother
Arthur Ludwig Arthur Ludwig ... Second Mate


Early in the 19th century, the USS Constitution is launched as part of an effort to stop piracy in the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, a young man determined to go to sea is befriended by the bos'n of the merchant ship Esther, and he joins her crew. When the Esther reaches the Mediterranean, she too, along with the Constitution, becomes involved in the battle against the pirates. Written by Snow Leopard

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Two seafaring roughnecks, always ready for a fight! They find a mutual friend in "Loud Lucy," that six-pound gun on the quarterdeck! See more »


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Did You Know?


At the tavern scene where George Bancroft's character is presented, he shows a tattoo in his right forearm inscribed "G BANCROFT MASTER GUNNER U.S.S. CONSTITUTION". A funny wink to the audience . See more »

Crazy Credits

[modern print] Score produced by Film Technology Company, Inc. and performed by Gaylord Carter at the Sargent/Stark Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ in Hollywood, California. See more »


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One mans view of a good old film
21 February 2000 | by snoopbobiebobSee all my reviews

Old Ironsides a good film but you have to wait for the real action to start,which does not come in to play until you near the end of the film.But do watch and wait for there is a fantastic ship explosion which is well worth waiting for.Wallace Beery plays a right devious hard nut character and he looks the part.Esther Ralston looks great and once again toward the end of the film she lets her hair down and looks even better.The start of the film is a bit slow then when it moves on to life on the ship there are some funny parts and you get a glimpse of what life on board may have been like.Just one downside to the film for me,the Wurlitzer organ,after ten minutes it drove me mad,what did I do?, I simply turned off the volume sat back and enjoyed the rest of the film.I must say take the time to watch Treasure Island (1934)which also stars Wallace Beery, he plays a fantastic Long John Silver.

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6 December 1926 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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