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John Paul Jones (1959)

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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John Farrow

Writers:

John Farrow, Jesse Lasky Jr. (film) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... John Paul Jones
Marisa Pavan ... Aimee de Tellison
Charles Coburn ... Benjamin Franklin
Erin O'Brien ... Dorothea Danders
Bette Davis ... Empress Catherine the Great
Macdonald Carey ... Patrick Henry
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... King Louis XVI (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
David Farrar ... John Wilkes
Peter Cushing ... Capt. Richard Pearson
Susana Canales ... Marie Antoinette (as Susan Canales)
Georges Rivière ... Russian Chamberlain (as Jorge Riviere)
Tom Brannum Tom Brannum ... Peter Wooley
Basil Sydney ... Sir William Young
Bruce Cabot ... Gunner Lowrie
Archie Duncan 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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The adventures that will live forever in America's naval history ! See more »


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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Su imperio era el océano See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Cagney had tried to make his own biopic of John Paul Jones in the late 1930s. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Pearson of the Serapis surrenders his sword, John Paul Jones refuses to accept it. After the battle Jones did accept the sword, although it was returned to Pearson a few days later. See more »

Quotes

Esek Hopkins: Whoever heard of sending Marines to fight on the land?
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
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Composed by Francis Scott Key
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Overdone in the Sun
17 August 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After becoming a Revolutionary War hero, Scottish seafaring Robert Stack (as John Paul Jones) wants to hook up with wispy Marisa Pavan (as Aimee de Tellison), upon obtaining the blessing of founding father pal Charles Coburn (as Benjamin Franklin). Although he helped win America's independence, Mr. Stack butts heads with the country's Congress, who send him to Russia, where he has a brief encounter with French-accented Empress Bette Davis (as Catherine the Great).

This overproduced and generally uncomfortable-looking "John Paul Jones" biography is loud, stiff, and boring. As if to compensate, the color is turned up so much it appears as if the sea and sky were dyed for the occasion, along with a few of the wigs. There is an impressive use of fire during a sea battle, and Mr. Stack does get to exclaim, "I have not yet begun to fight!" Ms. Davis adds little beside her name to the credits, but Mr. Coburn and a few others help keep it afloat.

**** John Paul Jones (6/19/59) John Farrow ~ Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Bette Davis


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