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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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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)
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Company Credits

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 »

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Soundtracks

Bound for the Open Sea
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based on "The Rio Grande"
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Rubbish
18 July 2009 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Capt. Boll (Fred MacMurray) is sailing in the Dutch East Indies in search of diamonds. A slave girl Kim Kim (Vera Ralston) that he buys holds the key to the whereabouts of the diamonds and she becomes the target of pirates, led by Pulo (Robert Douglas) who are also after the same thing. The film is a race between Boll and Pulo to find the diamonds which are located on Krakatoa. As it happens, this all takes place at the same time as the volcano erupts.

Its crap. I challenge the viewer to stay with it without wandering off and daydreaming about better things. There is no interest, drama, tension - its a straightforward plodding adventure. Its slow moving and the acting is terrible. Vera Ralston puts on a terrible accent - I mean, imagine pronouncing the word "volcano" as "volcarno" - that is an accent from nowhere! Also extremely irritating is Wilson (Paul Fix) as a pirate. Why have these false, unfunny comedy characters in stories? They are not needed and they provide no humour. Boll has a troop of comedy pirates with Wilson as the worst offender. He wears a ridiculous ear-ring as well. I'd have pushed him overboard.

Robert Taylor's mask is quite effective when we first see it, and the volcano wakes you up in the last 10 minutes, but the film is just a waste of time. The sets are so obviously fake (the speed at which the water moves in the background is so laughably unnatural), the sound quality is poor and the model ships are pushed along at speeds that defy belief. At the end of the film you will be drained and just want to go to bed because you have been so bored for the last hour and a half.


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