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During the World War II, the crew of a small insignificant ship in the U.S. Pacific Fleet experience an event unlike any event ever experienced by the United States Navy. A Ship's Captain is removed from command by his Executive Officer in an apparent outright act of mutiny. As the trial of the mutineers unfold, it is learned that the Captain of the ship was mentally unstable, perhaps even insane. The Navy must decide if the Caine Mutiny was a criminal act, or an act of courage to save a ship from destruction at the hands of her Captain?Written by
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There was considerable opposition to the casting of Humphrey Bogart, since he was much older than Capt. Queeg was supposed to be. In addition, Bogart was already seriously ill with esophageal cancer, although it would not be diagnosed until January 1956. See more »
In Herman Wouk's novel, Queeg identifies himself as being a 1936 graduate of the US Naval Academy, which would make his age about 30 when he assumed command of the Caine in September 1943 (November in the film), or roughly a quarter-century younger than 54-year old Humphrey Bogart was when he played him ("The Caine Mutiny", p. 131: After a moment of silent sipping De Vriess said, "You're class of '34?" "Thirty-six," said Queeg. De Vriess knew this. He also knew Queeg's precedence number, his class standing, and several other facts about him. But it was a nice point of etiquette to simulate ignorance. It was a courtesy, too, to place Queeg by mistake in an earlier class; it implied that Queeg was obtaining a command for which he was rather young. "They're moving you fellows up now pretty fast.") In the screenplay, Queeg states in his wardroom meeting with the Caine's officers on the day he took command of the ship in Peal Harbor, that he had spent the previous seven years (1936-43) serving at sea in the Atlantic, which included the first two years of the war. ("I've had seven tough years in the Atlantic. Believe you me they made the last two mighty interesting. The way those subs ganged up on us I thought they had it in for me personally.") He later also tells Maryk and Keefer that he had been "a lowly Ensign on a cruiser" at the time of the stolen cheese incident in 1937. See more »
And so today you are full-fledged ensigns. Three short months ago you assembled here from all parts of the nation, from all walks of life: field, factory, office and college campus. Each of you knew what the fighting was about, or you wouldn't have volunteered. Each of you knew that the American way of life must be defended by life itself. From here on your education must continue in the more demanding school of actual war. Wearing the gold stripe of ensign in the United States ...
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May Wynn was not the actress's real name. She merely adopted it after playing the character May Wynn in this film. See more »
There was a version made for school, to be used in Social Studies class. It edited out most everything except the pertinent scenes of the Queeg incidents and the trial. The movie ended before the decision was reached so that the class could vote on whether they would convict for mutiny or not. See more »
Awesome film with superb naval drama , emotion and sensational performance
During Second World War , onboard a small insignificant destroyer ship in the U.S. Pacific Fleet a hard-nosed US Naval captain named Queeg (Humphrey Bogart) shows signs of mentally unbalanced , then takes place an event unlike any that the United States Navy has ever experienced . Tom Keefer (Fred MacMurray) takes a discussion to him and puts in Steve Maryk's mind the idea that Queeg can be mental instability that may or not to be slightly unhinged . As when the Ship's Captain panics during a storm is removed from his command by his two Executive Officers (Van Johnson , Robert Francis) when jeopardizes the ship . In an apparent outright act of mutiny the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny . Later on , it happens the court martial naval destroyer officers well defended by an expert solicitor (Jose Ferrer) against a stubborn prosecutor (E.G. Marshall) .
This over-the-top film contains interesting drama , a maritime intrigue , spectacular taking on among crew officers and being beautifully realized . Impressive scenes when happens a storm with a well made ship to scale model . Good performances by all-star-cast as Van Johnson , Fred MacMurray , Jose Ferrer and of course Humphrey Bogart's tour-de-force performance in the climactic courtroom scene was so powerful that it completely captivated the onlooking film technicians and crewmen . After the scene's completion, the company gave Bogart a round of thunderous applause . Besides , an excellent plethora of secondary actors : E.G. Marshall , Claude Akins , Whit Bissell , Edward Franz , Warner Anderson , James Best and Lee Marvin . Interesting screenplay by Stanley Roberts based on the prestigious novel from Herman Wouk who won Pulitzer Prize . Evocative and appropriate music score by the classic Max Steiner with perdurable leitmotif . Colorful cinematography in marvelous Technicolor by Franz Planer .
The motion picture is stunningly directed by Edward Dmytryck , he was a craftsman whose career was interrupted by the activities of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), a congressional committee that employed ruthless tactics aimed at rooting out and destroying what it saw as Communist influence in Hollywood . A lifelong political leftist who had been a Communist Party member briefly during World War II, Dmytryk was one of the so-called "Hollywood Ten" who refused to cooperate with HUAC and had their careers disrupted or ruined as a result. The committee threw him in prison for refusing to cooperate, and after having spent several months behind bars , Dmytryk decided to cooperate . Dmytrick's biggest film was ¨The Caine Mutiny¨ , but he also realized another mutiny film titled : ¨Mutiny¨ with Angela Lansbury , Mark Stevens and Patrick Knowles . Edward was an expert on warlike genre as ¨Back to Batan¨ , ¨Battle of Anzio¨ , ¨Young lions¨ and Western as ¨Broken lance¨ , ¨Alvarez Kelly¨ , ¨Warlock¨ among others. Rating : a complete must see , it's recommended for courtroom drama enthusiasts and Bogart fans . Followed by a full-length adaptation, THE CAINE MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL (TV,1988) originally staged as a play , of the court-martial segment from the novel "The Caine Mutiny" by Robert Altman with Brad Davis , Eric Bogosian , Peter Gallaher , Kevin J O'Connor , Jeff Daniels and Michael Murphy .
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