Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

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A loft, mates, and make ready. HMS Bounty is sailing for Tahiti by way of Cape Horn ... and into movie lore as one of the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films of all time. Filmed on a scale reflecting its then lofty $2 million budget. Mutiny on the Bounty captured the 1935 Best Picture Academy Award and eight nomination total. Charles Laughton portrays scowling Captain Bligh, a seafaring monster who rules with the law of fear. In a performance solidifying his status as Hollywood's #1 male star. Clark Gable is Fletcher Christian, the first officer whose will to obey erodes under Bligh's tyranny. And Franchot Tone plays Byam the idealistic mid shipman torn by his allegiance to the two men. That all three portrayals are vividly memorable is accented by a bit of movie trivia: for the only time in Oscar history, three stars from the same film received Best Actor nominations.
Director - Frank Lloyd
Witers - Talbot Jennings & Jules Furthman
Production Co. - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1935
Charles Laughton - Bligh
Clark Gable - Christian
Franchot Tone - Byam

1 comment:

  1. This is not the first movie about mutiny on the bounty. The first film was made in Australia (1916). The second film was the Australian film too "In the Wake of the Bounty" (1933), starring Errol Flynn as Fletcher Christian.