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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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Details

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)

Gross USA:

$1,300,000, 31 December 1953
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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 »

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Darling Nelly Gray
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Written by Benjamin Russell Hanby
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you'll crack a toe o'er this
25 September 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

In glorious trucolour! Another Republic storybook masterpiece from the last 5 years of the studio, this is an Indiana Jones pirate/volcano movie before anyone thought of Indie...or Did Spielberg Lucas see this aged 8 are regurgitate it into the 80s as with Star Wars 70s epics from other Republic (serial) adventures of the 40s. Actually, don't Spielberg Lucas owe Republic Studios a lot!!.......FAIR WIND TO JAVA stayed in cinema circulation even after 1960 and was often seen in cinema screens at Kids matinees with other Republic films like TOBOR or the hopeless western botch PAWNEE. The 1969 cinerama sized KRAKATOA EAST OF JAVA (it was west, actually) might have attempted a bigger screen and scope, but this 1953 version with Fred and the pirates - and genuinely beautiful art direction and great modelwork, is a lot more fun. Even Vera the acting wife came out of this one well.


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