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John Paul Jones (1959)





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This expansive spectacle chronicles the adventures and life of the title 18th century naval hero who played a key role in the Revolutionary War. Ironically, at the time, his contributions were not always appreciated by the beleaguered new US government. After the war, the Congress shows their displeasure with Jones' constant badgering about maintaining a powerful navy by sending him to Russia to assist Catherine the Great (Bette Davis in a brief but arresting cameo). The courageous Jones (Robert Stack) does his best and saves the Queen in a series of battles on the Black Sea. Jones then returns to his home in France to meet his final destiny. Look for a very young Mia Farrow, daughter of the director John Farrow, in her feature film debut.


Robert Stack
as John Paul Jones
Marisa Pavan
as Aimee de Tellison
Bette Davis
as Empress Catherine the Great
Erin O'Brien
as Dorothea Danders
Charles Coburn
as Benjamin Franklin
Macdonald Carey
as Patrick Henry
Jean-Pierre Aumont
as King Louis XVI
David Farrar
as John Wilkes
Peter Cushing
as Capt. Pearson
Susana Canales
as Marie Antoinette
Georges Rivière
as Russian Chamberlain
Tom Brannum
as Peter Wooley
Bruce Cabot
as Gunner Lowrie
Basil Sydney
as Sir William Young
John Crawford
as George Washington
Félix de Pomés
as French Chamberlain
Thomas Gomez
as Esek Hopkins
Frank Latimore
as Lt. Richard Dale
Ford Rainey
as Lt. Simpson
MacDonald Parke
as Arthur Lee
Judson Laire
as Mr. Danders
Bob Cunningham
as Lt. Wallingford
Eric Pohlmann
as King George III
Pepe Nieto
as Red Cherry
Bruce Seton
as Villager #1
Paul Curran
as John Younger
George Rigaud
as Franklin's Secretary
Rupert Davies
as British Captain
Robert Ayres
as John Adams
John Phillips
as John Hancock
David Phethean
as English Officer
Mitchell Kowal
as Capt. Saltonstall
Reed de Rouen
as Joseph Hewes
Archie Lyall
as Steward
Alfred Brown
as Lt. Landais
Phil Brown
as Sentry
Archie Duncan
as Duncan MacBean
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John Paul Jones...may mean well but this film falls just a bit short in terms of mere entertainment value.

July 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Dramatically stiff but visually pleasing costume historical drama on American Revolutionary naval hero John Paul Jones.

July 9, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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