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Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty

Clark Gable
Director: Frank Lloyd Cast: Clark Gable
Clark Gable
, Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
, Franchot Tone
Franchot Tone
Frank Lloyd

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The 1932 publication of Charles Nordhoff and James Norton Hall's Mutiny on the Bounty sparked a revival of interest in the titular 1789 ship mutiny, and this 1935 MGM movie version won the Oscar for Best Picture. Clark Gable stars as Fletcher Christian, first mate of the infamous HMS Bounty, skippered by Captain William Bligh (Charles Laughton), the cruelest taskmaster on the Seven Seas. Bligh's villainy knows no bounds: he is even willing to flog a dead man if it will strengthen his hold over the crew. Christian despises Bligh and is sailing on the Bounty under protest. During the journey back to England, Bligh's cruelties become more than Christian can bear; and after the captain indirectly causes the death of the ship's doctor, the crew stages a mutiny, with Christian in charge. Bligh and a handful of officers loyal to him are set adrift in an open boat. Through sheer force of will, he guides the tiny vessel on a 49-day, 4000-mile journey to the Dutch East Indies without losing a man. Historians differ on whether Captain Bligh was truly such a monster or Christian such a paragon of virtue (some believe that the mutiny was largely inspired by Christian's lust for the Tahitian girls). The movie struck gold at the box office, and, in addition to the Best Picture Oscar, Gable, Laughton, and Franchot Tone as one of the Bounty's crew were all nominated for Best Actor (they all lost to Victor McLaglan in The Informer). The film was remade (badly) in 1962 and adapted into the "revisionist" 1984 feature The Bounty with Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian and Anthony Hopkins as Captain Bligh.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2021
UPC: 0883929765812
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:12:00
Sales rank: 6,807

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable 1st Mate Fletcher Christian
Charles Laughton Capt. William Bligh
Franchot Tone Roger Byam
Dudley Digges Bachus
Herbert Mundin Smith
Donald Crisp Burkitt
Eddie Quillan Ellison
Movita Actor
Francis Lister Capt. Nelson
Henry Stephenson Sir Joseph Banks
Spring Byington Mrs. Byam
Ian Wolfe Samuel
Ivan Simpson Morgan
DeWitt Jennings Fryer
Stanley Fields Muspratt
Wallis Clark Morrison
Vernon P. Downing Hayward
Dick Winslow Tinkler
Lionel Belmore Innkeeper
James Cagney [uncredited]
Maria [Movita] Castaneda Tehani
Mamo Clark Maimiti
Marion Clayton Mary Ellison
Harry Cording Soldier
Alec Craig McCoy
Harold Entwistle Capt. Colpoys
Pat Flaherty Churchill
Mary Gordon Peddler
Winter Hall Chaplain
John Harrington Mr. Purcell
Charles Irwin Byrne
Crauford Kent Lt. Edwards
Robert Livingston Young
Doris Lloyd Cockney Moll
King Mojave Richard Skinner
David Niven (uncredited)
John Powers Hillebrandt
Byron Russell Quintal
William Stack Judge Advocate
Will Stanton Portsmouth Joe
David Thursby McIntosh
David Torrence Lord Hood
Douglas Walton Stewart
Percy Waram Coleman
Eric Wilton Captain of Board
Nadine Beresford Ellison's Mother
Hal LeSueur Millard

Technical Credits
Frank Lloyd Director
Margaret Booth Editor
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Jules Furthman Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Art Director
Talbot Jennings Screenwriter
Albert Lewin Associate Producer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Irving G. Thalberg Producer
Carey Wilson Screenwriter

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