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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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A name ... a battle cry ... and now a mighty motion picture ! 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eric Pohlmann replaced George Sanders. See more »

Goofs

Captain Jones tells Lieutenant Dale that the other two ships in his squadron are privateers, and so are not required to obey his orders. His squadron actually consisted of the Bonnehomme Richard and three other vessels, not two. The Alliance under Captain Landais was a Continental frigate and as such was actually directly subject to Jones' orders; however, Captain Landais felt he should be in command of the squadron, and regularly ignored Jones' orders. The other two ships (not mentioned in the movie) were the frigate-armed merchant ship Pallas and the Vengeance a small brigantine (which took no part in the battle). These two ships were privateers, although both did a generally tolerable job of supporting Jones throughout the cruise. See more »

Quotes

Captain Richard Pearson: Captain, are you surrendering? Do you ask for quarter?
John Paul Jones: No sir! I have no yet begun to fight!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
(uncredited)
Composed by Francis Scott Key
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flawed but still good
3 February 2005 | by segelb00tSee all my reviews

the other reviewer hit the nail right on the head, this movie is full of historical inaccuracies, the house of burgess is in Williamsburg, Virginie, and John Paul Jone's brother lived and is buried in historic downtown fredericksburg, a good two hour drive from Williamsburg. the Virginie love triangle is rather silly. despite the flaws, i've liked this movie ever since i was a little boy and saw it on TNT during one of the fourth of July marathons... maybe i like my heroes a little stiff, but i thought Robert stack did an alright job. although, it would be nice to see the movie remade with a little more historical accuracy, and maybe have Mel Gibson or Russel crowe or a Scottish actor play jpj... he'd sound a little more accurate, i can watch this movie over and over again.


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