(out of 5)
Exceptional adventure film that, along with The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, makes 1935 a top-notch year for action films. By far the best of all three versions made of this story, it stars a heroic Clark Gable as Fletcher Christian, the Lieutenant aboard the ship Bounty, bound for Tahiti in search of breadfruit trees. Based on a true story, the ship was sent with the purposes of bringing these trees back to England to be used as cheap food for slaves, but the ship never reached England’s shores with the same captain in charge. During the year-long travel from England to Tahiti, Christian, Midshipman Bryan (Franchot Tone) and all the other crew members have to endure the cruel indignities of their evil Captain Bligh (Charles Laughton), whose slave-driving methods are too much even for England’s rigorous navy. Eventually, Christian decides upon mutiny, though not without consequences for himself and his friends. Featuring stunning photography of Tahiti (actual on-location photography!), with the rest recreated in Hollywood, this breathtaking film grabs hold and never lets go for a second. The acting is first-rate by all, the direction superb.
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Cinematography by Arthur Edeson
Produced by Frank Lloyd
Music by Herbert Stothart
Production Design by Cedric Gibbons
Film Editing by Margaret Booth