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Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard the HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti. Bligh proves to be a brutal tyrant and, after six pleasant months on Tahiti, Christian leads the crew to mutiny on the homeward voyage. Even though Byam takes no part in the mutiny, he must defend himself against charges that he supported Christian. Written by
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Louis B. Mayer reportedly disliked the script. "Where's the romance?" was his reported complaint. Clark Gable initially objected to playing Christian but was talked into it by executive E.J. Mannix who told him he'd be "... the only guy in the picture who gets anything to do with a dame." See more »
After he takes the pearls from Christian with his right hand and passes them to someone, Bligh appears in the following shot with a book in the same hand. See more »
When watching this great motion picture keep in mind that it is now over sixty (60)years old! Even through the passage of time it provides for entertaining viewing. Charles Laughtons performance as William Bligh captain of the Bounty basically set the standard as how Bligh is pictured and thought of when his name is mentioned. Other actors have portrayed Bligh but it is Laughtons portrayal that is remembered most. The 1984 version with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson is probably a more historical version of actual events but this 1935 classic will most likely always be the sentimental favorite.
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