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Fair Wind to Java (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 28 April 1953 (USA)
In 1883, an American merchant ship's captain is searching for a treasure in diamonds from a sunken Dutch ship in the vicinity of a volcanic island in the Dutch East Indies.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Richard Tregaskis (screenplay), Garland Roark (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred MacMurray ... Capt. Boll
Vera Ralston ... Kim Kim
Robert Douglas ... Saint Ebenezer / Pulo Besar
Victor McLaglen ... O'Brien
John Russell ... Flint
Buddy Baer ... King
Claude Jarman Jr. ... Chess
Grant Withers ... Jason Blue
Howard Petrie ... Reeder
Paul Fix ... Wilson
William Murphy ... Ahab
Sujata Rubener Sujata Rubener ... Dancer (as Sujata)
Philip Ahn ... Gusti
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Lieutenant
Keye Luke ... Pidada
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Storyline

The Dutch East Indies, at the end of the nineteenth century. An adventurous captain of an American merchant vessel is looking for a sunken Dutch vessel containing 10,000 precious diamonds. Unfortunately, he's not the only one and then there's also that volcano on the nearby island of Krakatau, waiting to explode in its historical, disastrous eruption... Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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Taglines:

ADVENTURE...SPECTACLE...SAVAGE LOVE! (original print ad - all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Rebell von Java See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Claude Jarman Jr. made the picture on his summer vacation from college. He is quoted in "Growing Up On The Set" by T. and J. Goldrup as saying it was one of the worst pictures ever made. He became friends with Fred MacMurray, who would occasionally shake his head and ask, "Why am I in this movie?". See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Action (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Bound for the Open Sea
(uncredited)
based on "The Rio Grande"
Traditional
Lyrics by Jerry Roberts
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A Mini-De Mille
17 November 2001 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

A sort of mini-De Mille picture from Republic studios, A Fair Wind To Java is a fast-moving adventure story set in the south seas. Fred MacMurray is excellent as the hero, really quite at home in the sort of costume picture role one wouldn't expect to find him in. What absurdities there are in the story are offset to a large degree by the actor's surprising moral authority as the humane captain. Vera Ralston is lovely if unexceptional as the heroine. The supporting cast is fine and energetic. As always, the Lydecker brothers provide superb special effects on a limited budget. Overall, a watchable, old-fashioned movie, if a tad anachronistic for the fifties. The ending provides genuine spectacle, and is well worth the wait.


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