Mutiny on the Bounty

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Adventure, HistoryDrama
1935

Director: Frank Lloyd Cast: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Donald Crisp, Spring Byington, Movita, Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan, Dudley Digges, Henry Stephenson, Francis Lister, Mamo Clark, Byron Russell, Percy Waram, David Torrence, Ian Wolfe, Pat Flaherty, James Cagney (uncredited), David Niven (uncredited)

Academy Awards: Best Picture

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Clark Gable); Best Actor in a Leading Role (Charles Laughton); Best Actor in a Leading Role (Franchot Tone); Best Director (Frank Lloyd); Best Screenplay (Jules Furthman, Talbot Jennings, & Carey Wilson); Best Film Editing; Best Musical Score (Nat W. Finston)

I First Saw In: c. 2012

Synopsis: Fletcher Christian successfully leads a revolt against the ruthless Captain Bligh on the HMS Bounty. However, Bligh returns one year later, hell bent on avenging his captors.

Did You Know? This is the only film to receive 3 Oscar nominations for Best Actor, but all of them lost to Victor McLaglen for The Informer. To ensure that it did not happen again, the Academy introduced the awards for acting in supporting roles.

Quotables: CAPTAIN BLIGH: What’s your name?
ELLISON: Thomas Ellison, sir. Pressed into service. I’ve got a wife, a baby!
CAPTAIN BLIGH: I asked your name, not the history of your misfortunes.

And now a Word from the Guise:
A very exciting adventure, visually ahead of its time. Each of the leading actors is excellent, particularly Charles Laughton. I’m shocked that it only won Best Picture, though I wouldn’t have expected any of the actors to win, since they were all in the same category.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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