Dec 1

Old Ironsides

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 12:01 AM

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Old Ironsides (1926)

In the U.S. Naval Institute’s archives I recently found a publicity brochure for Old Ironsides tucked away in a box. Premiering in 1926, the film dramatically conveys the story of the USS Constitution at the Battle of Tripoli. Filmed in magnascope, an early version of widescreen, it follows the adventures of a young man—known only as “the boy”—desperate to join the the Constitution‘s crew. Along the way he is shanghaied, finds love, and gets captured by pirates before ultimately joining the heavy frigate for the infamous battle at Tripoli.

Enjoy the climatic battle scene here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90TeKcgBuHk

Profits from the opening night went to a restoration fund for the USS Constitution, which continues to serve as a museum ship in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Below are a few pages from the publicity material featuring photos of the cast, scenes from the film, and a special forward from Curtis D. Wilbur, the Secretary of the Navy from 1924 to 1929.

Cover of the publicity brochure

Cover of the publicity brochure

Forward from the Secretary of the Navy

Forward from the Secretary of the Navy

Our players

Our players

Brief biographies of the cast

Brief biographies of the cast

Screen shots

Screen shots

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Behind the scenes

A brief history of the USS Constitution

A brief history of the USS Constitution

Grauman's Egyptian Theatre was built and owned by the same family who built Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre was built and owned by the same family who built Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

 

To learn more about the movie, please see the link below:

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/499589/Old-Ironsides/

To learn more about the USS Constitution, please see A Most Fortunate Ship by Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired), available from the U.S. Naval Institute Press:

http://www.usni.org/store/catalog-holiday-2013/most-fortunate-ship credit-n.ru
http://credit-n.ru/zaymyi-next.html