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|Claude Akins||Seaman Lugatch|
|José Ferrer||Lt. Barney Greenwald|
|Van Johnson||Lt. Steve Maryk|
|Fred MacMurray||Lt. Thomas 'Tom' Keefer|
|Robert Francis||Ens. Willis Seward 'Willie' Keith|
|May Wynn||May Wynn|
|Tom Tully||Comdr. DeVriess|
|E.G. Marshall||Lt. Comdr. Challee|
|Arthur Franz||Lt. JG H. Paynter Jr.|
|Warner Anderson||Capt. Blakely|
|Katherine Warren||Mrs. Keith|
|Jerry Paris||Ens. Barney Harding|
|Steve Brodie||Chief Budge|
|Don Dubbins||Seaman 1st Class Urban|
|Humphrey Bogart||Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg|
"As big as the ocean!"
"Great As a Book! ...As a Picture The Greatest"
Callow, rich Ensign Willis Seward "Willie" Keith (Robert Francis) reports for duty aboard the Caine, his first assignment. Homeported in Pearl Harbor, he is disappointed to find the Caine to be a small, battle-scarred destroyer-minesweeper. Its gruff captain, Lieutenant Commander William H. DeVriess (Tom Tully), has almost completely discarded discipline, and the crew has become slovenly and superficially undisciplined – although their performance is, in fact, excellent. Keith has already met the executive officer, Lieutenant Stephen Maryk (Van Johnson), and is introduced to the cynical communications officer, novelist Lieutenant Thomas Keefer (Fred MacMurray).
The captain is soon replaced by Lieutenant Commander Phillip Queeg (Humphrey Bogart), a no-nonsense veteran and graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He quickly attempts to re-instill discipline into the crew.
The next day, the Caine is assigned to tow a target for gunnery practice. While Queeg is distracted berating Keith and Keefer over a crewman's appearance, he cuts off the helmsman's warning. After the Caine continues in a circle and cuts the towline, Queeg tries to cover up his responsibility.
Other incidents serve to undermine Queeg's authority. When strawberries go missing from the officers' mess, the captain goes to absurd lengths to hunt down the culprit. Despite being told by one of his officers that the mess boys had eaten them, Queeg insists on believing otherwise. He relates a story to Maryk and Keefer of when he, as an ensign, was commended for unmasking a cheese thief.
More seriously, under enemy fire, Queeg abandons escorting a group of landing craft during an amphibious assault long before they reach the fiercely defended shore, instead dropping a yellow dye marker in the water and leaving the landing craft to fend for themselves, much to the crew's disgust. Afterwards, Queeg speaks to his officers, not explicitly apologizing, but bending enough to ask for their support. His disgruntled subordinates do not respond.
Keefer begins trying to convince Maryk that he should relieve Queeg on the basis of mental illness under Article 184 of Navy Regulations. Maryk begins keeping a journal, documenting Queeg's behavior. Keefer then convinces Maryk and Keith to join him in presenting their case to Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr.. While aboard Halsey's flagship, it occurs to Keefer that all of Queeg's documented actions could be interpreted as reasonable attempts to instill discipline, leaving them open to a charge of conspiring to mutiny. When Halsey's aide tells the Caine officers that Halsey will see them, Keefer talks Maryk and Keith out of it.
Matters come to a head during a violent typhoon. Maryk urgently recommends that they steer into the waves and take on ballast, but Queeg refuses to deviate from the fleet-ordered heading and declines Maryk's request for ballast, as he fears that it would foul the fuel lines with salt water. When Queeg appears to become paralyzed, Maryk relieves him, with Keith's support.
Theatrical : 1955-02-25 : Portugal
Theatrical : Turkey
Theatrical : 1954-12-09 : Italy
Theatrical : 1954-09-10 : West Germany
Theatrical : 1954-07-28 : United States of America
Theatrical : 1954-11-15 : Denmark
Theatrical : 1954-11-26 : Belgium
Theatrical : 1954-10-28 : Spain
Theatrical : 1954-11-26 : Netherlands
Theatrical : 1955-02-25 : Finland
Theatrical : 1954-10-01 : France
Theatrical : 1954-10-04 : Sweden
Theatrical : 1954-09-15 : France
Theatrical : 1954-06-24 : United States of America
Theatrical : 1954-08-16 : Japan
Theatrical : 1954-12-22 : Mexico
Theatrical : 1954-12-17 : Austria
Television : 1970-03-02 : West Germany
DVD : 2007-05-08
DVD : 1998-12-15
DVD : 2005-03-08
DVD : 1999-09-01 : Germany