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In the Wake of the Bounty (1933)

The true story of HMS Bounty. Plus documentary


Charles Chauvel


Charles Chauvel (scenario)


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Complete credited cast:
Arthur Greenaway Arthur Greenaway ... Narrator
Mayne Lynton Mayne Lynton ... Lt. Bligh
Errol Flynn ... Fletcher Christian
Victor Gouriet Victor Gouriet ... Michael Byrne - The 'Bounty's' Blind Fiddler
John Warwick John Warwick ... Midshipman Young


A former member of the crew of the HMS Bounty recounts the story of the mutiny aboard ship. The Clauvel's, then, take a look at current day (1932) Tahiti and Pitcairn island. In turn, visiting the descendants of the ship's crew and studying their way of life. Including a search for the wreak of the ship. Stars Errol Flynn in his first movie. And directed by and narrated by Australian Charles Chauvel.

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Release Date:

15 March 1933 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Pitcairn Island See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Expeditionary Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Cinesound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Thanks to Warner Brothers' publicity department, it was long told that on his mother's side, Errol Flynn was a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian, the character he portrays in this film. In actuality, he was a descendant (on his mother's side) of Midshipman Young, the character portrayed by John Warwick. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening Card: In the Wake of the Bounty is not a drama. It is the first of a series of great travel films to be produced by Expeditionary Films, Ltd, depicting strange incidents, strange places, and strange peoples. Each travel feature will contain the thread of a story based upon a true life drama. The mutiny of the Bounty has been acclaimed as the most tragic and strange sea story of all time -- when a crew of British sailors sent their commander and eighteen companions adrift upon the Pacific and signed a sinister pact with a pagan race -- to live, in isolation, upon a rock, at the bottom of the world. The mutiny, which was a bloodless affair, was the result of an effort to transport breadfruit trees from Tahiti to the West Indies by Lieutenant Bligh, who was afterwards the Governor of New South Wales. The audience will follow in the Wake of the Bounty with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chauvel, as they traversed 15,000 miles in the South Seas to secure the exact backgrounds upon which the drama of the Bounty was enacted. Expeditionary Films has not spared time or money to blaze a new trail-- a trail which they hope will lead to many pleasant hours amidst adventure and romance. See more »


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so amateurish, it should NOT be considered Flynn's first film
13 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This was Errol Flynn's first film and it was made before he made it to Hollywood. This will be obvious to ANYONE once they begin viewing this terrible film. It was made in Australia and it looks more like a made for school video than a real movie intended for general release. Much of it is narrated documentary--including grainy stock film. There were also some reenacted moments concerning the Bounty and they have the same stilted and uninteresting quality you would expect for a non-theatrical release. How anyone might have seen this and seen any promise in Flynn is very doubtful--he is wooden and unengaging and only seen for a small portion of the "movie". It's amazing that only a very short time later he was acting in the fantastic movie Captain Blood! It just goes to show you that first impressions don't always mean anything!

This is one "forgotten" film that is best forgotten--it's only a curiosity for cinemaniacs (and VERY hard to find on video, but I've managed to buy a copy).

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