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Mutiny on the Bounty Details


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 Victor McLaglan). The film was remade in 1962 and adapted into the "revisionist" 1984 feature Victor McLaglan with Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian and Anthony Hopkins as Captain Bligh. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Talbot Jennings Best Screenplay 1935 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Charles Laughton Best Actor 1935 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Laughton Best Actor 1935 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Clark Gable Best Actor 1935 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Lloyd Best Director 1935 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Herbert Stothart Best Score 1935 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jules Furthman Best Screenplay 1935 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Margaret Booth Best Editing 1935 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Franchot Tone Best Actor 1935 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carey Wilson Best Screenplay 1935 Nominee


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


Frank Lloyd
Irving G. Thalberg
Carey Wilson
Talbot Jennings
Jules Furthman
Arthur Edeson
Herbert Stothart
Composer (Music Score)
Margaret Booth
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie
Art Director
Albert Lewin
Associate Producer