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Mutiny (1952)

Approved | | Adventure | 19 March 1952 (USA)
Early in the War of 1812, Captain James Marshall is commissioned to run the British blockade and fetch an unofficial war loan from France. As first mate, Marshall recruits Ben Waldridge, a ... See full summary »

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Hook
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Capt. Radford
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Andrews (as Todd Karnes)
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Early in the War of 1812, Captain James Marshall is commissioned to run the British blockade and fetch an unofficial war loan from France. As first mate, Marshall recruits Ben Waldridge, a cashiered former British Navy captain. Waldridge brings his former gun crew...who begin plotting mutiny as soon as they learn there'll be gold aboard. The gold duly arrives, and with it Waldridge's former sweetheart Leslie, who's fond of a bit of gold herself. Which side is Waldridge really on? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Meuterei auf dem Piratenschiff  »

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Shot in 18 days. See more »

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During the early discussion on how to get the gold to America, the question is asked why the the French can't bring it, and somebody says that Britain and France are not at war. He clearly hadn't heard of the Peninsula War then raging in Spain. See more »

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Capt. James Marshall: There's a British fleet sitting outside Salem harbor right now.
Col. Rogers: And the French coast will be blockaded by the time you get there.
Capt. James Marshall: I'm not worried about getting in, Colonel. It's getting back with ten million in gold bullion. That's a big risk.
Chairman Caleb Parsons: It's a risk that must be taken, Jim. It can mean the difference between winning and losing the war. Now, what about it?
Capt. James Marshall: We might be able to do it - with the help of one man.
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It Took a Long Time to get that Gold from the French
1 July 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Mutiny has to be down at the bottom of the list of the films of Edward Dmytryk. It's a story that takes place during the War of 1812 where U.S. Navy Captain Mark Stevens is given a mission to get a big shipment of French bullion to build a fleet. Stevens gets a cashiered former British naval captain Patric Knowles to help, but Knowles and a few of his former crew like Gene Evans and Rhys Williams have their own agenda.

The script here is almost laughable in its ignorance. The film actually starts out with a scene of British impressment of American seamen and we hear word of war being declared. During the course of the film it's mentioned that we got to get that bullion back from Knowles and his confederates who stole it because word has just been received that the Washington, DC was burned to the ground.

Now I granted travel wasn't what it is today. But the burning of Washington took place in 1814 and even with all the detours Stevens and the shipment took, it didn't take two years.

Angela Lansbury considered this the nadir of her film career and it probably was. But she plays Knowles's wife and the reason Knowles got drummed out of the British Navy was for embezzlement of his ship's payroll to pay for her extravagance. She's a piece of work Angela and she overacts the part with relish.

Everybody in the cast has done better work, pass this one by if you can.


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