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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) &
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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:
The Grandest Sea Saga of Them All See more (93 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)

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)
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:
Anachronisms: Captain Bligh is shown keel hauling a sailor for a minor offense. The British Navy discontinued the practice around 1720, decades before the Bounty sailed. The French and Dutch navies discontinued keel hauling in 1750, 37 years before the Bounty's voyage.See more »
Quotes:
Captain William Bligh:During the recent heavy weather, I've had the opportunity to watch all of you at work on deck and aloft. You don't know wood from canvas! And it seems you don't want to learn! Well, I'll have to give you a lessonSee more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love Song of TahitiSee more »

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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
The Grandest Sea Saga of Them All, 24 September 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

At that most prestigious of all film studios, MGM, they produced the greatest and grandest sea saga of them all. In 1935 it was considered quite daring to have an over two hour film. But Mutiny on the Bounty holds your interest through out.

All three leads Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, and Franchot Tone were nominated for Best Actor that year and they managed to cancel each other out. Victor McLaglen took home the statue for The Informer with the fifth nominee being Paul Muni for Black Fury.

Clark Gable wisely did not attempt a British accent and yet there was no criticism of his performance as Fletcher Christian. Christian was first mate of the HMS Bounty and a man of conscience. It tears him up inside to see the sadism and cruelty of Captain Bligh on this voyage. The men aren't king and country volunteers as he tells the captain. But the captain has his own ideas.

Normally Charles Laughton played a whole lot of twisted and/or tortured souls for the screen. His Captain Bligh is a man with a deep inferiority complex. The key to him is in the dinner scene on board the Bounty. Watching him, you can see the envy and jealousy he has of the confident and self assured Gable, the callow youth Franchot Tone brimming with idealism and even the surgeon Dudley Digges who despite his drunkeness and crudity is a professional man with some education. It's so much like James Cagney's captain in Mister Roberts and worse because at that time the British Navy gave him the authority of God on that ship.

The conflict between Gable and Laughton is obviously the main plot of the film. Yet there is a subplot that's rarely talked about, the conflict between Gable and Franchot Tone. Tone who was also American, but was stage trained and could fit into a British setting easily, plays Roger Byam one of the young midshipmen on board and who Gable befriends. The key to his character is right at the beginning of the film when he's being sent off to sea by Henry Stephenson playing Sir Joseph Banks. Seven generations of Byam's family have been part of the glorious naval tradition of Great Britain and none have failed in their duty. That should be uppermost in your mind.

Gable and Tone have different ideas of duty and it tests their friendship. Each chooses a different path, yet Tone ends up defending Gable against Laughton. Franchot Tone's finest screen moment for me has always been at his court martial where he makes a stirring speech in defense of the rights of the ordinary British seaman.

As always though the mark of a really great film is the impact those small character roles leave. The men on the Bounty include Donald Crisp, Stanley Fields, Eddie Quillan, Herbert Mundin. My favorite though is Dudley Digges as the ship's surgeon Mr. Bacchus. At the drop of a shilling he'll tell you how he's lost his leg. Outrageous, humorous, and a kindly man who softens the blows of Laughton's harsh discipline, had there been the Supporting player categories then, Mr. Digges would have been my choice for 1935 as Best Supporting Actor.

Even in black and white, made in the studio back lot, Mutiny on the Bounty still holds up well today. Despite two subsequent versions of the story, this version has stood the test of time.

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