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Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

aka Mutiny on the Bounty

"Clark Gable as the daring mutineer in the screen's most exciting adventure story!"

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Details: 132 mins · English, Tahitian


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No_movie_poster Captain Nelson
Small Fletcher Christian Master's Mate
Small Roger Byam
Small Smith
Small Bacchus
Small Mrs. Byam
Small Sir Joseph Banks
No_movie_poster Lord Hood
No_movie_poster Maimiti
Small Burkitt
Small Ellison
Small Captain Bligh


No_movie_poster Irving Thalberg Producer
No_movie_poster Arthur Edeson Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Jules Furthman Screenplay
Small Frank Lloyd Director
No_movie_poster Talbot Jennings Screenplay
No_movie_poster Carey Wilson Screenplay
No_movie_poster Charles Nordhoff Novel
No_movie_poster James Norman Hall Novel
No_movie_poster Herbert Stothart Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Margaret Booth Editor
Small Frank Lloyd Production
No_movie_poster Margaret Booth Writer
No_movie_poster Charles Nordhoff Story Contributor
No_movie_poster James Norman Hall Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Margaret Booth Editing


"Clark Gable as the daring mutineer in the screen's most exciting adventure story!"

"A Thousand Hours of Hell For One Moment of Love!"


The HMS Bounty leaves England in 1787 on a two-year voyage over the Pacific Ocean. The ship's captain, William Bligh (Charles Laughton), is a brutal tyrant who routinely administers harsh punishment to officers and crew alike who either lack discipline, cause any infraction on board the ship, or defy his authority. Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable), the ship's lieutenant, is a formidable yet compassionate man who disapproves of Bligh's treatment of the crew. Roger Byam (Franchot Tone) is an idealistic midshipman who is divided between his loyalty to Bligh, owing to his family's naval tradition, and his friendship with Christian.

During the voyage, the enmity between Christian and Bligh grows after Christian openly challenges Bligh's unjust practices aboard the ship. When the ship arrives on the island of Tahiti, where the crew acquire breadfruit plants to take home, Bligh punishes Christian by refusing to let him leave the ship during their stay. Byam, meanwhile, sets up residency on the island, living with the island Chief, Hitihiti (William Bambridge), and his daughter, Tehanni (Movita Castaneda), and translating an English dictionary of the Tahitian language. Hitihiti persuades Bligh to allow Christian a day pass on the island. Bligh agrees but quickly repeals the pass out of spite. Christian disregards the order and spends his one day off the ship romancing a local Tahitian girl named Miamiti (Mamo Clark). Christian promises her he will be back someday.

After leaving Tahiti, the crew begin to talk of mutinty after Bligh's harsh discipline leads to the death of the ship's beloved surgeon, Mr. Bacchus (Dudley Digges), and Bligh cuts water rationing to the crew in favor of providing water for the acquired breadfruit plants. Christian, although initially opposing the idea, decides he can no longer tolerate Bligh's brutality when he witnesses crew members shackled in iron chains, and he approves the mutiny. The crew raid the weapons cabinet and seize the ship. Bligh and his loyalists are cast into a boat and set adrift at sea with a map and rations to ensure their survival. Due to Bligh's steady leadership, they are able to find their way back to land.

Meanwhile, Christian orders that the HMS Bounty return to Tahiti. Byam, who was in his cabin during the mutiny, disapproves of what Christian has done and decides the two can no longer be friends. Months later, Byam is married to Tehanni and Christian has married Miamiti and has a child with her, while the rest of the crew are enjoying their freedom on the island. After a long estrangement, Byam and Christian reconcile their friendship. However, when the British ship HMS Pandora is spotted approaching, Byam and Christian decide they must part ways. Byam and several crew members remain on the island for the ship to take them back to England while Christian leads the remaining crew, his wife, and several Tahiti men and women back on board the Bounty in search of a new island whereon to seek refuge.

Byam boards the Pandora and, much to his surprise, discovers that Bligh is the captain. Bligh, who suspects that Byam was complicit in the mutiny, has him imprisoned for the remainder of the journey across the sea. Back in England, Byam is court-martialed and found guilty of mutiny. Before the court condemns him, Byam speaks of Bligh's cruel, dehumanising conduct aboard the Bounty. Due to the intervention of his friend Sir Joseph Banks (Henry Stephenson) and Lord Hood (David Torrence), Byam is pardoned by King George III and allowed to resume his naval career at sea.

Meanwhile, Christian has found Pitcairn, an unihabitated yet sustainable island that he believes will provide adequate refuge from the reach of the British Empire. The Bounty crashes on the rocks and Christian orders it to be burned.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1935-11-22 : United States of America

DVD : 2004-02-03