Not Rated | | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A tyrannical ship captain decides to exact revenge on his abused crew after they form a mutiny against him, but the sailor he targets had no hand in it.
The scenes of Bligh and his supporters surviving in the longboat after the mutiny were shot in the studio tank on the MGM lot. Only Bligh's denunciation of Christian as the boat is cast adrift was filmed on location. The studio shots were no less gruelling for being shot indoors, as Charles Laughton and his cast mates were drenched with water, rocked by cables and baked under the studio lights. After Frank Lloyd had spent a week on the sequence, he realized that one of the characters on the longboat was not supposed to be there. He was supposed to have stayed with the mutineers. As a result, the entire sequence had to be shot again. When Laughton delivered Bligh's line, "We have conquered the sea!" the crew members were so moved they cheered, and Laughton broke down in tears.
Lt. Fletcher Christian:
But the prisoner is dead sir!
Captain William Bligh: Never mind, continue with the punishment!
The Christmas scene back in England shows a Christmas tree, but these weren't introduced to England until after Prince Albert brought the tradition over from Germany around 1840.
Also available in a computer colorized version.