The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Approved  |   |  Drama, War  |  24 June 1954 (USA)
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When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.



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Complete credited cast:
Lt. Barney Greenwald (as Jose Ferrer)
Lt. Tom Keefer (as Fred Mac Murray)
May Wynn ...
Tom Tully ...
Arthur Franz ...
Warner Anderson ...
Katherine Warren ...
Mrs. Keith (as Katharine Warren)
Steve Brodie ...


During the Second World War, onboard a small insignificant ship in the U.S. Pacific Fleet, an event occurs unlike any that the United States Navy has ever experianced. A Ship's Captain is removed from his command by his Executive Officer in an apparent outright act of mutiny. As the trial of the mutineers unfold, it is then learned that the Captain of the ship was mentally unstable, perhaps even insane. The Navy must then decide: was the Caine Mutiny a criminal act? Or an act of courage to save a ship from destruction at the hands of her Captain. Written by Anthony Hughes <>

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Fred MacMurray as Keefer... the brain who plotted "The Caine Mutiny" See more »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

24 June 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Authority and Rebellion  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)


$21,750,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stanley Kramer gave Fred MacMurray a prominent role in this movie during a difficult period in the actor's life - his wife had just died - and work was a needed distraction for him. See more »


When Ens. Willis Seward Keith's mother places a $100.00 bill in his pocket for spending money, you can see the edge sticking out. After he turns to leave, the money is not sticking out anymore. See more »


[first lines]
Admiral: And so today you are full-fledged ensigns. Three short months ago you assembled here from all parts of the nation, from all walks of life: field, factory, office and college campus. Each of you knew what the fighting was about, or you wouldn't have volunteered. Each of you knew that the American way of life must be defended by life itself. From here on your education must continue in the more demanding school of actual war. Wearing the gold stripe of ensign in the United States ...
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Crazy Credits

May Wynn was not the actress's real name. She merely adopted it after playing the character May Wynn in this film. See more »


Referenced in L.A. Law: The Plane Mutiny (1989) See more »


Written by Jimmy McHugh and Clarence Gaskill
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Outstanding film
25 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Caine Mutiny works well on so many levels. It is a great insight into navy life, a first rate legal drama, and an unforgettable character study. Jose Ferrer and Fred MacMurray are superb, and indeed so is the entire cast, but the film clearly belongs to Humphrey Bogart's Captain Queeg. It's a real treat to see 'Bogie' in a film where he isn't a gangster or a romantic with a gruff exterior. Bogart spectacularly conveys the sheer complexity of his character: the quirks, the devotion to duty, the demand for perfection, the refusal to accept his own fallibility. It is a truly exceptional performance. Strongly recommended, 9/10.

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