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John Paul Jones
     

John Paul Jones

Director: John Farrow

Cast: Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn

 

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Robert Stack stars in this sea-faring historical epic as John Paul Jones, the first great hero of the American Navy. While originally a loyal soldier of the King's army, Jones in time becomes a fervent supporter of the American Revolutionaries, and he volunteers to lead the colonists' ragtag fleet to impressive victories against the British Navy; during a battle

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Robert Stack stars in this sea-faring historical epic as John Paul Jones, the first great hero of the American Navy. While originally a loyal soldier of the King's army, Jones in time becomes a fervent supporter of the American Revolutionaries, and he volunteers to lead the colonists' ragtag fleet to impressive victories against the British Navy; during a battle against the British ship Serapis, Jones utters the deathless words "I have not yet begun to fight." While his brave and intelligent leadership helps win America its freedom, his appeals to Benjamin Franklin (Charles Coburn) and the other leaders of Congress to strengthen the United States Navy fall on deaf ears; Jones is eventually branded a troublemaker, and in time, he is ordered to Russia, where he is to help guide the fleet of Catherine The Great (Bette Davis). Jones leads the Russian Navy to stunning victories in the Black Sea, reestablishing his reputation as one of the great military minds of his day. John Paul Jones also features a rousing score by the great film composer Max Steiner.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
To list the historical inaccuracies in John Paul Jones would take longer than the film's running time, but then fidelity to historical record has never been a strong point of Hollywood biopics. Unfortunately, as with so many other erroneous filmed biographies, the fake situations created for Jones do not enhance the film's dramatic power, the presumed reason for their existence in the first place. The complications are trumped up and never feel genuine, and the characterizations are on the thin side. Director John Farrow does very well when his hero is allowed to be heroic; the battles and sea scenes have a life and vivacity that is sorely missing when the film concentrates on the "private life" of the title character. As Jones, Robert Stack is a trifle stiff, but he does have a certain power and command that work very well for the character; he carries the picture, which is more important than offering a great performance. As the main woman in his life, Marisa Pavan is a disappointment; she looks wonderful but her acting is dull and uninteresting. In smaller historical roles, Charles Coburn and {P$Jean-Pierre Aumont make lively contributions, and Bette Davis' cameo as Catherine the Great is enjoyable. If Farrow could have found a way to make the "life" as entertaining as the battles, Jones might have been a good film, rather than a merely decent one.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2012
UPC:
0883316507988
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
7,403

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Stack John Paul Jones
Marisa Pavan Aimee de Tellison
Charles Coburn Benjamin Franklin
Jean-Pierre Aumont Louis XVI
MacDonald Carey Patrick Henry
Bette Davis Catherine II the Great
Peter Cushing Capt. Pearson
Susana Canales Marie Antoinette
Georges Riviere Russian Chamberlain
Bruce Cabot Gunner Lowne
Basil Sydney Sir William Young
Archie Duncan Duncan MacBean
Robert Ayres Actor
Phil Brown Actor
John Crawford George Washington
Bob Cunningham Actor
Paul Curran Actor
Rupert Davies Actor
Felix de Pomes French Chamberlain
Reed de Rouen Actor
David Farrar John Wilkes
Thomas Gomez Esek Hopkins
Mitchell Kowal Actor
Judson Laire Actor
Frank Latimore Lt. Richard Dale
Pepe Nieto Actor
Erin O'Brien Dorothea Danders
Macdonald Parke Arthur Lee
John Phillips Actor
Ford Rainey Lt. Simpson
Christopher Rhodes Actor
Georges Rigaud Actor
Bruce Seton Actor
Nicholas Brady Actor
Alfred Brown Actor
Mia Farrow Actor
José Nieto Actor
Eric Pohlmann George III

Technical Credits
John Farrow Director,Screenwriter
Franz Bachelin Art Director
Samuel Bronston Producer
Roscoe S. Cline Special Effects
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Michel Kelber Cinematographer
Jesse Lasky Screenwriter
Neville Smallwood Makeup
Max Steiner Score Composer
Edna Warren Editor
Hector Zaraspe Choreography

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