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Mutiny on the Bounty -- Academy Award winner Clark Gable stars as the first mate who leads hisship's exploited and abused crew in the Mutiny on the Bounty.

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Director:
Writers:
Talbot Jennings (screenplay) &
Jules Furthman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1936 (Turkey) See more »
Tagline:
A Thousand Hours of Hell For One Moment of Love! See more »
Plot:
Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard the HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Exquisite. See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Laughton ... Bligh

Clark Gable ... Christian

Franchot Tone ... Byam
Herbert Mundin ... Smith

Eddie Quillan ... Ellison
Dudley Digges ... Bacchus

Donald Crisp ... Burkitt
Henry Stephenson ... Sir Joseph Banks
Francis Lister ... Captain Nelson

Spring Byington ... Mrs. Byam

Movita ... Tehani
Mamo Clark ... Maimiti (as Mamo)
Byron Russell ... Quintal
Percy Waram ... Coleman
David Torrence ... Lord Hood
John Harrington ... Mr. Purcell
Douglas Walton ... Stewart

Ian Wolfe ... Maggs
DeWitt Jennings ... Fryer
Ivan F. Simpson ... Morgan (as Ivan Simpson)
Vernon Downing ... Hayward
Bill Bambridge ... Hitihiti (as William Bambridge)
Marion Clayton Anderson ... Mary Ellison (as Marion Clayton)
Stanley Fields ... Muspratt
Wallis Clark ... Morrison

Crauford Kent ... Lieutenant Edwards (as Craufurd Kent)

Pat Flaherty ... Churchill
Alec Craig ... McCoy
Charles Irwin ... Thompson
Dick Winslow ... Tinkler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ... Warden (uncredited)
Harry Allen ... Wherryman (uncredited)
Lionel Belmore ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Nadine Beresford ... Ellison's Mother (uncredited)
Julie Bescos ... Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)

Derek Blomfield ... Jeremy (uncredited)

James Cagney ... (uncredited)
Lucy Chavarria ... Hina (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Soldier (uncredited)

Ray Corrigan ... Able Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Sam Wallace Driscoll ... Michael Byrne (uncredited)
Charles Dunbar ... Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)

Edgar Edwards ... Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ... Capt. Colpoys (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... Mutineer (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Peddler (uncredited)

Fred Graham ... Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)

Jon Hall ... Tahitian Native (uncredited)
Winter Hall ... Chaplain (uncredited)

Dick Haymes ... Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Lilyan Irene ... Moll (uncredited)
Clarke Jennings ... Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Ship's Visitor at Portsmouth (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger ... Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Hal Le Sueur ... Millard (uncredited)

Robert Livingston ... Lt. Young (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Cockney Moll (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Richard Skinner (uncredited)
Charles Nauu ... Tahitian Native (uncredited)

David Niven ... Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Vivien Oakland ... Moll (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
John Power ... Hillebrandt (uncredited)
Satini Pualoa ... Tahitian Native (uncredited)
William Stack ... Judge Advocate (uncredited)
Will Stanton ... Portsmouth Joe (uncredited)
Jack Sterling ... Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Lotus Thompson ... Moll (uncredited)
David Thursby ... McIntosh (uncredited)
Harry Warren ... Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Board Captain (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Lloyd 
 
Writing credits
Talbot Jennings (screenplay) &
Jules Furthman (screenplay) and
Carey Wilson (screenplay)

Charles Nordhoff (book) and
James Norman Hall (book)

Margaret Booth 
John Farrow  uncredited

Produced by
Albert Lewin .... associate producer
Frank Lloyd .... producer
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (photographed by)
Charles G. Clarke (uncredited)
Sidney Wagner (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Margaret Booth 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ulric Busch .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Walter Ruben .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
A. Arnold Gillespie .... associate art director (as Arnold Gillespie)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
William Steinkamp .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gene Coogan .... stunt double: Franchot Tone (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunt double: Clark Gable (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Schaeffer .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harkness Smith .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Glenn Strong .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James Curtis Havens .... marine director (as James Havens)
Alfred Alexander .... technical advisor (uncredited)
G.O.T. Bagley .... technical advisor: English background (uncredited)
Howard Dietz .... press agent (uncredited)
Herzl Effensachs .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Roberts .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Ryan .... script clerk (uncredited)
John Waters .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
132 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:G | South Korea:12 (2003) | Sweden:Btl (heavily cut) (1938) | Sweden:15 (cut) (1936) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2002) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1531)
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Trivia:
The scenes of Bligh and his supporters surviving in the longboat after the mutiny were shot in the studio tank on the MGM lot. Only Bligh's denunciation of Christian as the boat is cast adrift was filmed on location. The studio shots were no less gruelling for being shot indoors, as Charles Laughton and his cast mates were drenched with water, rocked by cables and baked under the studio lights. After Frank Lloyd had spent a week on the sequence, he realized that one of the characters on the longboat was not supposed to be there. He was supposed to have stayed with the mutineers. As a result, the entire sequence had to be shot again. When Laughton delivered Bligh's line, "We have conquered the sea!" the crew members were so moved they cheered, and Laughton broke down in tears.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Bligh was never aboard the HMS Pandora, and did not attend the mutineers' trial. He was half a world away at the time of the trial, being on a second breadfruit expedition.See more »
Quotes:
Captain William Bligh:[to Byam] Discipline's the thing. A seaman's a seaman, a captain's a captain. And a midshipman is the lowest form of animal life in the British navy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "MGM Parade: Episode #1.5" (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rock-a-Bye BabySee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
How many of the mutineers were actually hanged?
What eventually happened to Captain Bligh?
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Exquisite., 1 August 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Wow. I haven't seen this movie for many years and it turned out to be even better than I'd remembered it. I really have to admire this film, as the acting and entire production are top-notch. I rarely give 10s, but this one comes very close--oh, heck...the more I think about it, the more I realize it does deserve it.

As far as the historical accuracy of the film goes, while it isn't perfect (after all, Bligh's exact role in starting the mutiny is tough to determine), it did get most of the points of this true tale correct--showing a rare reverence for the source material. All too often, history takes a back seat to making a marketable film. The only major thing the film got seriously wrong were the mutineers themselves. However, this is because only recent excavations have shown that the men who mutinied in effect killed each other off--as they apparently WERE scum after all. But, based on material available at the time, it was pretty good. As to Bligh's temperament, the British admiralty found Bligh completely blameless. However, later as governor of Australia, Bligh alienated everyone and was, by most accounts, a real jerk. So, the essence of the film appears to be true. Hmm...for once I have no serious complaints about the accuracy of a historical film--that's pretty rare.

The best part of the film, however, is that the actors were absolutely on top of their game. Charles Laughton, though prone to overacting by all accounts, was exceptional here. Clark Gable was in his element--and simply one of his best film roles. The same can also be said of Franchot Tone--here, he has a much deeper and meatier role than usual. In fact, the three came off so well that all three were nominated for Best Actor--necessitating the creation of Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories. The rest of the cast, the supporting journeymen actors, were great--with Donald Crisp (with hair!!) excellent as a troublemaker, Dudley Diggs as a very sympathetic drunkard and many others in top form.

The direction by Frank Lloyd, the cinematography, music, sets and location shooting were also wonderful. So why, if this film was so perfect, would they try remaking it?! This is a great example of a film whose remakes definitely pale by comparison. A perfect or at least near-perfect film in every way.

By the way, if you are curious about the real life Bligh, after both this mutiny and the rebellion in Australia (that he appeared to instigate), he was rewarded with the rank of Rear Admiral! Who says life has to be fair?

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