Old Ironsides (film)
|Directed by||James Cruze|
|Written by||Dorothy Arzner
Walter Woods (scenario)
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release dates||6 December 1926|
|Running time||111 minutes|
The film is a wide-ranging ensemble piece, with Farrell and Beery playing equally large roles, and detailed subplots about the country's atmosphere before the conflict[clarification needed] as well as Stephen Decatur's early naval exploits.
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- Charles Farrell as "The Commodore"
- Esther Ralston as Esther
- Wallace Beery as Bos'n
- George Bancroft as Gunner
- Charles Hill Mailes as Captain Preble
- Johnnie Walker as Lieutenant Stephen Decatur (billed as Johnny Walker)
- Eddie Fetherston as Lieutenant Somers
- George Godfrey as The Cook
- William Conklin as Esther's Father
- Nick De Ruiz as The Bashaw
- Effie Ellsler as Esther's Mother
- Frank Jonasson as Pirate Captain
- Duke Kahanamoku as Pirate Captain
- Boris Karloff as A Saracen Guard
- Fred Kohler as Second Mate
- The Maine-built ship, Llewellyn J. Morse, was refitted as the USS Constitution.
- A real 1886 ship, S. N. Castle was burned and sunk for the film off of Catalina Island.
- A closeup of a tattoo on George Bancroft's arm reveals that his character's name is also "G. Bancroft".Template:Trivia-inline
On July 19, 1997, a free public showing of the film was offered at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, as a part of "Sail 200" festivities for the ship's bicentennial. A large screen was mounted beside the ship; film organist Dennis James, working from Hugo Riesenfeld's original music and other period scores, accompanied the showing. During the scene depicting its battle with the HMS Guerriere, the ship's own cannon were fired in synch with the film.
- "Progressive Silent Film List: Old Ironsides". Silent Era. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- Dickens, Homer (1970). The Films of Gary Cooper. Citadel Press. pp. 22–24. ISBN 0-8065-0279-7.
- Coles, David. "Magnified Grandeur, Widescreen 1926-1931". Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- Old Ironsides at the Internet Movie Database
- Montgomery, M. R. (18 July 1997). "Organist set to sail in for 'Ironsides' performance". The Boston Globe.
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