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Mutiny (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, History | 19 March 1952 (USA)
During the War of 1812, the U.S. tasks Captain James Marshall to sail through the British blockade and bring back a French loan in gold but the secret leaks out and many greedy hands, including the mutinous crew's, are after the gold.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

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Philip Yordan (screenplay), Sidney Harmon (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mark Stevens ... Captain James Marshall
Angela Lansbury ... Leslie
Patric Knowles ... Captain Ben Waldridge
Gene Evans ... Hook
Rhys Williams ... Redlegs
Robert Osterloh ... Feversham - Gunner
Peter Brocco ... Sykes - Gunner
Emerson Treacy ... Council Speaker
Morris Ankrum ... Captain Radford
Todd Karns ... Andrews (as Todd Karnes)
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Early in the War of 1812, Captain James Marshall is commissioned to run the British blockade and fetch an unofficial war loan from France. As first mate, Marshall recruits Ben Waldridge, a cashiered former British Navy captain. Waldridge brings his former gun crew...who begin plotting mutiny as soon as they learn there'll be gold aboard. The gold duly arrives, and with it Waldridge's former sweetheart Leslie, who's fond of a bit of gold herself. Which side is Waldridge really on? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A mighty epic of the sea thunders to the screen !

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Adventure | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meuterei auf dem Piratenschiff See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in 18 days. See more »

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During the War of 1812, in 1814 precisely, Silas Halsey lost his life whilst using a submarine in an unsuccessful attack on a British warship stationed in New London harbor. This is the only recorded use of one during that conflict. See more »

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Chairman Caleb Parsons: Colonel Rogers rode all the way from New York.
Col. Rogers: Rode? I flew! There was daylight between me and that saddle most of the way!
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Traditional sea shanty
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Interesting Setting, A Couple Of Good Performances, About Average Overall
8 March 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Though about average overall, "Mutiny" has some strengths, with an interesting period/adventure setting and a couple of good performances. The story includes some good action sequences that help make up for the less interesting stretches. The shipboard atmosphere generally works well, but the lighting and photography are so dark (at least in the print as it now seems to be available) that a lot of details get lost or obscured.

The setup has Mark Stevens as the captain of a ship carrying out a special mission during the War of 1812, with Patric Knowles as a disgraced captain who is now serving as second in command, Angela Lansbury as Knowles's greedy and domineering wife, and a mutinous gun crew looking for a way to turn things to their own advantage. It's interesting in taking the historical setting as the backdrop to what becomes a largely private battle of nerves and wills. The circumstances of the war do come into play often enough to make the setting relevant.

Knowles is effective in portraying his complicated, somewhat indecisive character, Lansbury gets the kind of role that she used to perform quite believably, and Rhys Williams and Gene Evans are good as the ringleaders of the mutineers. Stevens is solid, but sometimes slightly lacking in energy, as the captain.

The finale is the best part of the movie, and it is set up nicely, leading to a three-way showdown with plenty of suspense and action, plus an interesting depiction of a primitive submarine. It's good enough to make up for an overall lack of consistency in much of the rest of the movie. In the earlier parts, especially, the script sometimes takes too long to establish simple points, and it also has some stretches in which some weak dialogue weighs it down. So its by no means perfect, but it does have enough to fill its relatively short running time with a generally interesting story.


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