The Caine Mutiny
(1954) This film is adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning book of the same name by Herman Wouk who actually served in the Navy on a similar ship during WWII.
This was probably the third time I’ve watched “The Caine Mutiny” … it was a good opportunity to follow the characters. Bogart was excellent as he fiddled with his steel ball stress relievers. Fred MacMurray played a writer who had a wisecrack to throw in about everything. Van Johnson was the executive officer who stood up for his captain until he no longer could … and then he suffered the brunt of the consequences.
The new Princeton-educated young Ensign who is the center of attention was played by Robert Francis. I wondered why I couldn’t remember him in any other movies. He was killed in a plane crash the following year, when he was only 25 years old.
The Navy gave its blessing and assistance to the film only if the disclaimer “There has never been a mutiny in a ship of the United States Navy …” would precede the beginning of the story.
This classic is a favorite.