MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935) B/W 133m dir: Frank Lloyd
w/Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Dudley Digges, Donald Crisp, Movita
One of the great adventure movies of all time. Laughton's award-winning performance as the infamous Captain Bligh is worth cancelling all plans and staying home to watch. Oscar for Best Picture.
From Variety 's review of the film: "This is Hollywood at its very best. For plot the scenarists have used, with some variations, the first two books of the Charles Nordhoff-James Hall Norman trilogy on the mutiny of Fletcher Christian. Beginnings of the first book and the picture are pretty much the same, as are the details up to the arrival of the hunted mutineers on Pitcairn's Island. Picture ends there, omitting the third book almost entirely.
"First hour or so leads up, step by step, to the mutiny, with a flexible 'story' backgrounding some thrilling views of seamanship on a British man-'o-war in the early 18th century, and the cruel Captain Bligh's inhuman treatment of his sailors.
"Bligh, through the cruelties he performs and due to the faithful portrait drawn by Charles Laughton, is as despicable a character as has ever heavied across a screen.
"Laughton, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone are all that producer Al Lewin and director Frank Lloyd could have wished for in the three key roles. Laughton is magnificent. Gable, as brave Fletcher Christian, fills the doc's prescription to the letter. Tone, likeable throughout, gets his big moment with a morality speech at the finish, and makes the most of it."
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY won an Oscar for Best Picture. It was also nominated for Best Director, Actor (Gable, Laughton, and Tone were all nominated), Screenplay (Jules Furthman, Talbot Jennings, Carey Wilson), Editing (Margaret Booth), and Score (Nat W. Finston, Herbert Stothart, MGM Music Department).