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The Caine Mutiny -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Stanley Roberts (screen play)
Michael Blankfort (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
24 June 1954 (USA) See more »
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As big as the ocean! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Ironically, our Navy's best remembered "mutiny" See more (146 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Humphrey Bogart ... Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg

José Ferrer ... Lt. Barney Greenwald (as Jose Ferrer)

Van Johnson ... Lt. Steve Maryk

Fred MacMurray ... Lt. Tom Keefer (as Fred Mac Murray)

Robert Francis ... Ens. Willie Keith
May Wynn ... May Wynn
Tom Tully ... Comdr. DeVriess

E.G. Marshall ... Lt. Comdr. Challee
Arthur Franz ... Lt. JG H. Paynter Jr.

Lee Marvin ... Meatball
Warner Anderson ... Capt. Blakely

Claude Akins ... Seaman Lugatch aka 'Horrible'
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Keith (as Katharine Warren)

Jerry Paris ... Ens. Barney Harding
Steve Brodie ... Chief Budge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Alpert ... Engstrand (uncredited)
Don Anderson ... Radarman (uncredited)
Herbert Anderson ... Ens. Rabbit (uncredited)

James Best ... Lt. JG Jorgensen (uncredited)

Whit Bissell ... Lt. Comdr. Dickson M.D. (uncredited)

Robert Bray ... Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Dignitary on Dais at Graduation Ceremony (uncredited)
Ted Cooper ... Sergeant-at-Arms (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... George - Chauffeur (uncredited)
Don Dubbins ... Seaman 1st Class Urban (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Sailor (uncredited)
James Edwards ... Whittaker (uncredited)
Ben Harris ... Navy Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Graduation Ceremony Attendee (uncredited)
Joe Haworth ... Ens. Carmody (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Sailor (uncredited)
Todd Karns ... Petty Officer 1st Class Stillwell (uncredited)

Don Keefer ... Court Stenographer - Yeoman 1st Class (uncredited)
Edward Laguna ... Winston (uncredited)
Frank Losee Jr. ... Sailor (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ... Uncle Lloyd (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ... Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ... Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)
Patrick Miller ... Movie Operator (uncredited)
Richard Norris ... Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)
Jay Richards ... Sailor (uncredited)

Gene Starns ... Bosun's Mate (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
James Todd ... Comdr. Kelvey (uncredited)
John Tomeck ... Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
 
Writing credits
Stanley Roberts (screen play)

Michael Blankfort (additional dialogue)

Herman Wouk (based upon the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by)

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner (original score)
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer (director of photography) (as Frank Planer)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Batista (film editor)
William A. Lyon (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (as Carter DeHaven Jr.)
Irving J. Moore .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound engineer (as Lambert Day)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects
 
Stunts
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Cory .... photography: second unit
Fred Mandl .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Francis Cugat .... color consultant: Technicolor
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jo Ann Greer .... singing voice: May Wynn (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James C. Shaw .... technical adviser (as Comdr. James C. Shaw U.S.N.)
Frank Coghlan Jr. .... naval liaison (uncredited)
Sally Hamilton .... executive secretary (uncredited)
Lee Marvin .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Walter Shenson .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
124 min | Spain:125 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 (1965) | Finland:K-16 (1954) | Iceland:L | Ireland:G | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 (2003) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating: additional material DVD audio commentary) (2007) | UK:U (video rating) (1985) (1991) (1999) (2008) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (PCA #16627) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Most of the Hollywood studios wouldn't touch Herman Wouk's best-seller because they knew that the only way they could make the film would be with the full cooperation of the Department of Defense, which would insist on making sweeping changes to the film (the DOD was openly critical of Wouk's depiction of the Navy). Undeterred, independent producer Stanley Kramer optioned the novel for $60,000. Once the novel won the Pulitzer Prize, the DOD had to soften its attitude towards the novel, given its huge popularity. It eventually approved Kramer's submitted screenplay treatment in 1952.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[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...
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FAQ

What were the two balls that Queeg kept twirling when he was nervous?
What was the white stuff the crew put on their faces during the battle training scene?
Is this based on a true story?
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59 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Ironically, our Navy's best remembered "mutiny", 9 October 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Historically there were two great United States Naval mutinies. In 1842 a naval sloop, the U.S.S. Somers, had a court martial for three crew members (one, Midshipman Philip Spencer, was the son of Secretary of War John Canfield Spencer), which ended with their being found guilty and hanged. To this day there is debate if Spencer (a troubled youth) was even serious about seizing the "Somers". The other occurred in 1944 at Port Chicago, California, when, a few weeks after a terrible accident that killed many men loading ammunition on a boat, their replacements refused to work under existing unsafe conditions. This led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision - against the workers, who claimed they were not under military law.

But the best known mutiny in the American navy is that on the U.S.S. Caine, during the hurricane that preceded the battle of Okinawa. That this is a fictional mutiny does not seem to attract any attention. THE CAINE MUTINY was a successful novel, Broadway play ("THE CAINE MUTINY COURT MARTIAL") and a great movie. It remains the American equivalent of the mutiny on the H.M.S. Bounty.

The performances of the leads, Bogart, Johnson, MacMurray (his second of three great heels), Ferrer, Tully, and E.G.Marshall are all first rate, as are the supporting cast (which includes Lee Marvin, Claude Atkins, and Jerry Paris - all of whom had quite substantial careers after this film). Only Robert Francis did not have a substantial career after his fine Ensign Keith - he died in a plane crash in 1955.

There are mental images from the film (mostly connected to Bogart's Queeg) that people remember - even spoof. Every time you see some character showing nervous ticks, if he or she pulls out a pair of small metal balls and roll them in their hand, it is a salute to Bogie's originally doing it in THE CAINE MUTINY. And his magnificent moment of success: "the strawberries", and how he proved the theft with geometric precision, remains a signal that the person speaking has too many fixations.

Interestingly, the film makes Queeg better (if still sick) than the play does. When cross examined by Greenwald at the court martial of Maryk and Keith, Queeg is asked about whether or not he overused his right to free transport of liquor and other items from Hawaii to the mainland from the navy. Queeg at first denies it, but when Greenwald says he can bring in (as witnesses) people connected with the sale of the items and the transport of them, Queeg suddenly remembers that he might have. This is not in the film, but it shows that Queeg was not all that clean an officer.

That aside, the impact of the film is still terrific half a century after it was shot. It illustrates that personality flaws frequently causes the problems that affect all of us, and that we need more understanding of each other's problems to avoid the bigger ones. From a case of over-extended battle fatigue, the crew of a warship are driven to accept an act of mutiny against it's captain in an emergency situation. And it almost gets two officers disgraced or hanged.

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