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The Best Picture Project – Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)

Directed by Frank Lloyd

Starring Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone

Screenplay by Jules Furthman, Talbot Jennings and Carey Wilson

From the Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall novel

Mutiny on the Bounty is a strange film for me.  I really like it, but I wouldn’t say I love it.  I know it’s good, but I also don’t think it’s great – or maybe superb is the better word.  It is definitely rousing, in bits, and the drama is dramatic, and the native girls are lovely.  The performances are good, but can be a bit hammy – Charles Laughton especially.  And when it’s on TV, I watch it, but with less-than rapt attention.  What makes it strange is that for all its faults, I don’t find it tedious in the slightest, nor terribly long.  For all the reasons to hate it, I don’t hate it, yet I don’t especially love it.  Continue reading

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