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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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Clark Gable's chief objection to working with Charles Laughton was the fact that his co-star rarely looked him in the eye during scenes. Simon Callow, who has written the definitive biography of Laughton, suggests that this was the way Laughton saw many of his characters, "each man a self-contained universe of pain." (Callow, Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor). Many times, Gable would storm off the set complaining that Laughton was trying to cut him out of the picture. But the conflict only underlined the strained relationship between Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian. See more »
When Bligh questions one of the crewmen towards the beginning of the film, mention is made of Dartmoor Prison, which was built in 1809, twenty years after this time. 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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