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Director:
Writers:
Talbot Jennings (screenplay) &
Jules Furthman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1936 (Turkey) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Thousand Hours of Hell For One Moment of Love! See more »
Plot:
Fletcher Christian successfully leads a revolt against the ruthless Captain Bligh on the HMS Bounty. However, Bligh returns one year later, hell bent on avenging his captors. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Movie Worth Seeing! See more (87 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 ... Capt. 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 ... Lt. 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)

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 

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)
Hertzel Effensachs .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Roberts .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Ryan .... script clerk (uncredited)
John Waters .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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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 film was MGM's most expensive production at the time, costing around $2 million.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Christian orders the return of the Bounty to Tahiti, he has nothing in his hands. Next shot he has a musket in his left hand.See more »
Quotes:
Captain William Bligh:What's your name?
Seaman Thomas Ellison:Thomas Ellison, sir. Pressed into service. I've got a wife, a baby!
Captain William Bligh:I asked your name, not the history of your misfortunes.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Run, Fatboy, Run (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rock-a-Bye BabySee more »

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A Movie Worth Seeing!, 19 January 2006
Author: robmeister from Riverside, California

Few stories have stirred the imagination as much as the infamous mutiny aboard the HMS Bounty, in 1789, and this movie captures the spirit of that historic event very well.

Clark Gable stars without his trademark mustache (and British accent) as Fletcher Christian, the officer in charge of the mutiny. Fortunately, his performance as Christian was strong enough so that the average viewer would overlook that particular flaw (unlike Kevin Costner's turn as Robin Hood in 1991's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves").

Franchot Tone's portrayal of Midshipman Roger Byam was sympathetic, as he appeared to be more of a witness to the events than a participant. Byam's plea for reforms in the British Navy at the end of his court martial put a cap on a memorable performance. It should be noted that one of the factors in creating the Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories at the Oscars undoubtedly came about as a direct result of this movie, with three men nominated for Best Actor. If Best Supporting Actor had existed, Tone would have been up for (and likely received) Best Supporting Actor.

And then there's Charles Laughton. As Captain Bligh, Laughton made the most of his scenery-chewing role. Fortunately for him, the open-boat sequence added depth to his character, avoiding the cliché of Bligh being a cruel and inhuman sea captain. Unfortunately for him, his likeness graced cartoons and magazines for decades as a depiction of controlling and maniacal leaders.

While watching this movie, I began to notice a few plot points that Herman Wouk must have used for his novel "The Caine Mutiny". For example, Byam sees a tall ship and asks if it's the Bounty, but the Bounty is a smaller ship behind it; likewise, Ensign Keith spots a proud new vessel and asks if it's the Caine, but the Caine sits beyond, a small minesweeper full of rust. Captain Bligh obsesses over two wheels of missing cheese; Captain Queeg turns his ship upside-down over a few pounds of strawberries. And both Bligh and Queeg believe the whole crew of their respective ships are against them, even going so far as to conjecture a conspiracy theory based upon half-heard (and innocent) conversations. By the way, I am not trying to discredit "The Caine Mutiny" in any way; both the novel and the 1954 movie (starring Humphrey Bogart) are classics in their own right, and I recommend both reading the book and seeing the movie.

"Mutiny On the Bounty" is a well-made movie, with one of the best musical scores I have heard. When I heard the violins sweeping into the theme music at the opening titles, I knew right away I was in for a good time. Strong performances, great camera work, a well-written script, and an astounding musical score. All in all, this is a movie worth seeing!

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