Old Ironsides (film)
|Directed by||James Cruze|
|Written by||Dorothy Arzner|
Walter Woods (scenario)
Rupert Hughes (intertitles)
|Music by||Hugo Riesenfeld|
J. S. Zamecnik
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Early in the 19th century, USS Constitution is launched as part of an effort to stop piracy in the Mediterranean Sea. Meanwhile, a young man determined to go to sea (Farrell) is befriended by the bos'n (Beery) of the merchant ship Esther, and he joins her crew. When Esther reaches the Mediterranean, she too, along with Constitution, becomes involved in the battle against the pirates.
- 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 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".
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 Erno Rapee's's original music, accompanied the showing. During the scene depicting its battle with HMS Guerriere, the ship's own cannon were fired in synch with the film.
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- Old Ironsides on IMDb
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