Mutiny on the Bounty ()

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A tyrannical ship captain decides to exact revenge on his abused crew after they form a mutiny against him, but the sailor he targets had no hand in it.

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Sir Joseph Banks
Captain Nelson
Mrs. Byam
Maimiti (as Mamo)
Byron Russell ...
Lord Hood
Mr. Purcell
Morgan (as Ivan Simpson)
Vernon Downing ...
Bill Bambridge ...
Hitihiti (as William Bambridge)
Marion Clayton Anderson ...
Mary Ellison (as Marion Clayton)
Wallis Clark ...
Lieutenant Edwards (as Craufurd Kent)
Charles Irwin ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ...
Warden (uncredited)
Harry Allen ...
Wherryman (uncredited)
Innkeeper (uncredited)
Nadine Beresford ...
Ellison's Mother (uncredited)
Julie Bescos ...
Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Jeremy (uncredited)
Lucy Chavarria ...
Hina (uncredited)
Soldier (uncredited)
Able Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Sam Wallace Driscoll ...
Michael Byrne (uncredited)
Charles Dunbar ...
Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ...
Capt. Colpoys (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ...
Mutineer (uncredited)
Peddler (uncredited)
Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Tahitian Native (uncredited)
Chaplain (uncredited)
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)
Millard (uncredited)
Lt. Young (uncredited)
Cockney Moll (uncredited)
King Mojave ...
Richard Skinner (uncredited)
Charles Nauu ...
Tahitian Native (uncredited)
Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
Moll (uncredited)
Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
John Power ...
Hillebrandt (uncredited)
Satini Pualoa ...
Tahitian Native (uncredited)
William Stack ...
Judge Advocate (uncredited)
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

Written by

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)

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)


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)
Herzl Effensachs ... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Roberts ... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Ryan ... script clerk (uncredited)
John Waters ... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti. Bligh proves to be a brutal tyrant and, after six pleasant months on Tahiti, Christian leads the crew to mutiny on the homeward voyage. Even though Byam takes no part in the mutiny, he must defend himself against charges that he supported Christian. Written by Eric Sorensen

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Also Known As
  • Les révoltés du Bounty (France)
  • Meuterei auf der Bounty (Germany)
  • La tragedia de la Bounty (Spain)
  • Rebelión a bordo (Spain)
  • Mered al Ha-Bounty (Israel, Hebrew title)
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  • 132 min
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Budget $1,950,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Actor James Cagney was sailing his boat off of Catalina Island, California, and passed the area where the film's crew was shooting aboard the Bounty replica. Cagney called to director Frank Lloyd, an old friend, and said that he was on vacation and could use a couple of bucks, and asked if Lloyd had any work for him. Lloyd put him into a sailor's uniform, and Cagney spent the rest of the day as an extra playing a sailor aboard the Bounty. Cagney is clearly visible near the beginning of the movie. See more »
Goofs The Christmas scene back in England shows a Christmas tree, but these weren't introduced to England until after Prince Albert brought the tradition over from Germany around 1840. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Extraordinary Seaman (1969). See more »
Soundtracks Love Song of Tahiti See more »
Quotes [Byam enters the courtroom and sees that the midshipman's dirk on the table points toward him; he knows that he has been condemned to death]
Lord Hood: Have you anything to say before the sentence of this court is passed upon you?
[long pause]
Byam: Milord, much as I desire to live, I'm not afraid to die. Since I first sailed on the Bounty over four years ago, I've know how men can be made to suffer worse things than death, cruelly, beyond duty, beyond necessity.
[turns to Captain Bligh]
Byam: Captain Bligh, you've told your story of mutiny on the Bounty, how men plotted against you, seized your ship, cast you adrift in an open boat, a great venture in science brought to nothing, two British ships lost. But there's another story, Captain Bligh, of ten cocoanuts and two cheeses. A story of a man who robbed his seamen, cursed them, flogged them, not to punish but to break their spirit. A story of greed and tyranny, and of anger against it, of what it cost.
[turns to Lord Hood]
Byam: One man, milord, would not endure such tyranny.
[turns again to Captain Bligh]
Byam: That's why you hounded him. That's why you hate him, hate his friends. And that's why you're beaten. Fletcher Christian's still free.
[back to Lord Hood]
Byam: Christian lost, too, milord. God knows he's judged himself more harshly than you could judge him.
[turns to Fletcher Christian's father]
Byam: I say to his father, "He was my friend. No finer man ever lived."
[addresses the court again]
Byam: I don't try to justify his crime, his mutiny, but I condemn the tyranny that drove 'im to it. I don't speak here for myself alone or for these men you condemn. I speak in their names, in Fletcher Christian's name, for all men at sea. These men don't ask for comfort. They don't ask for safety. If they could speak to you they'd say, "Let us choose to do our duty willingly, not the choice of a slave, but the choice of free Englishmen." They ask only the freedom that England expects for every man. If one man among you believe that - *one man* - he could command the fleets of England, He could sweep the seas for England. If he called his men to their duty not by flaying their backs, but by lifting their hearts... their... That's all.
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