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Mutiny (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, History | 19 March 1952 (USA)
During the War of 1812, the U.S. tasks Captain James Marshall to sail through the British blockade and bring back a French loan in gold but the secret leaks out and many greedy hands, including the mutinous crew's, are after the gold.


Edward Dmytryk


Philip Yordan (screenplay), Sidney Harmon (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Mark Stevens ... Captain James Marshall
Angela Lansbury ... Leslie
Patric Knowles ... Captain Ben Waldridge
Gene Evans ... Hook
Rhys Williams ... Redlegs
Robert Osterloh ... Feversham - Gunner
Peter Brocco ... Sykes - Gunner
Emerson Treacy ... Council Speaker
Morris Ankrum ... Captain Radford
Todd Karns ... Andrews (as Todd Karnes)


Early in the War of 1812, Captain James Marshall is commissioned to run the British blockade and fetch an unofficial war loan from France. As first mate, Marshall recruits Ben Waldridge, a cashiered former British Navy captain. Waldridge brings his former gun crew...who begin plotting mutiny as soon as they learn there'll be gold aboard. The gold duly arrives, and with it Waldridge's former sweetheart Leslie, who's fond of a bit of gold herself. Which side is Waldridge really on? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A mighty epic of the sea thunders to the screen !


Adventure | History


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Release Date:

19 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meuterei auf dem Piratenschiff See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in 18 days. See more »


During the early discussion on how to get the gold to America, the question is asked why the the French can't bring it, and somebody says that Britain and France are not at war. He clearly hadn't heard of the Peninsula War then raging in Spain. See more »


Capt. Ben Waldridge: Hook, you're drunk!
Hook: No, sir! The grog's not yet been brewed that can unsober the old Hook.
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Referenced in Trumbo (2015) See more »


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Confrontation between US and British ships during the 1812 war
29 June 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film is based on historic events , the US went to war for the first time as an independent nation in 1812 , against the old enemy , Great Britain . Some have called the war ¨foolish and unnecessary¨. For several years American shipping had seen caught in the crossfire between Britain and France during Napoleonic wars . When the President Madison finally declared war on 18 June 1812 , the US navy was a force to be reckoned with , accustomed to ruling the seas , the British fleet was surprised and shaken by a series of American success . The United States was supported by French navy . The war ended with the American victory at the battle of New Orleans 1815 . In the film the captain James Marshall (Mark Stevens) is assigned a dangerous mission to avoid the British blockade and head his ship toward France for receive war loan , a golden anchor . The ship is one of many frigates built as the US drifted towards war with Britain . Marshall recruits to Ben Waldridge (Patrick Knowles) , bringing his previous crew (Gene Evans , Rhys Williams , Denver Pyle , Claytoon Moore, among others) who start scheming a mutiny as soon as aware the existence gold aboard , but they're carrying a treasure calculate the value of $ 10.000 million . Then , the crew confronting among themselves for a part of France's donation to the war effort . Besides the Waldridge's former lover Leslie (Angela Lansbury) who's wishing a bit of gold herself . Meanwhile the main ship repulses a British attack at high sea and harbor and the protagonists use a primitive underwater for counterattack .

The picture contains historic elements , a maritime intrigue and sea fighting with spectacular taking on between ships well made to scale model . Good performances by trio starring , Mark Stevens, Patrick Knowles and special mention an ambitious Angela Lansbury as a femme fatal . She and Mark Stevens developed a friendship and years later she hired him for an episode of her ¨Murder,she wrote¨ series . Besides , an excellent plethora of secondary actors : Gene Evans, Rhys Williams , Clayton Moore (Lone Ranger) , Morris Ankrum and Denver Pyle . Interesting screenplay , though predictable , by the prestigious Philip Yordan . Evocative and appropriate musical score by the classic Dimitri Tiomkin . Colorful cinematography , although worn-out caused by a bad copy, by Ernest Laszlo . The motion picture was professionally directed by Edward Dmytryck who directed another mutiny film , the famed : ¨Caine mutiny¨ and he was a warlike genre expert : ¨Back to Batan , Battle of Anzio , Young lions¨ and Western: ¨Broken lance , Alvarez Kelly, Warlock¨ among other s. Rating : Passable and entertaining, it's recommended for sea adventures enthusiasts .

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