Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
November 29, 2022 8:58 AM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] As the cruel captain of the HMS Bounty, a ship bound for Tahiti, William Bligh (Charles Laughton) wins few friends. When the crew members finally tire of his abuse, Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable) leads a mutiny, resulting in Bligh's unceremonious removal from the ship. While Christian and the remaining crew sail on to Tahiti, Bligh becomes intent on exacting revenge, and he targets Roger Byam (Franchot Tone), a sailor who had actually tried to stop the mutiny.

Also starring Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan, Dudley Digges, and in a brief role, James Cagney.

Directed by Frank Lloyd. Written by Talbot Jennings, Jules Furthman, and Carey Wilson. Based on the 1932 novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall.

96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on HBO Max. Also available for digital rental in the US on multiple outlets. JustWatch listing.

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posted by DirtyOldTown (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Semi-related: (Sometimes I Feel Like) Fletcher Christian by The Mekons.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:08 AM on November 29, 2022 [1 favorite]

I got to watch this movie with Franchot Tone's son. Their family has a cottage in Quebec next door to the one that's been in my wife's family for a long time, and Pat still drives his father's beautiful cedar strip boat, the Caprice. Most of the old timers up there have passed but they had many tales of various Hollywood stars arriving with Franchot to the lake on a float plane. I've only been in their cottage a couple of times but it was decked out with all kinds of photos and memorabilia, including a model of the HMS Bounty that was given to Franchot upon completion of the film by his then wife, Joan Crawford.

I have no comment on the film, and I'm only bringing this up because Franchot Tone doesn't really come up in conversation much and it's my only brush with classic Hollywood.
posted by bondcliff at 11:00 AM on November 29, 2022 [10 favorites]

This version is far and away better than the later Brando version. YMMV, of course.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:05 PM on November 29, 2022 [1 favorite]

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