The Caine Mutiny

Must-See Cinema! Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you!

Poster for the classic naval drama The Caine MutinyA complex, atypical Bogie performance is the key to this strong drama based on the Pulitzer-winning novel and Broadway show. Robert Francis, Van Johnson, and Fred MacMurray are shipmates early in WWII aboard a destroyer/ minesweeper. Humphrey Bogart, in one of his greatest performances, boards the ship as her new captain and immediately establishes both his power over the men and his neurosis. When Captain Queeg clashes with Lt. Maryk (Johnson), the latter is court-martialed, and Lt. Greenwald (José Ferrer) must defend him.

This is a don’t-miss picture; the scenes with Bogart disintegrating on the witness stand have become part of American film folklore, as he delineates the layers of perfectionism and obsessiveness overlaying an inferiority complex. Bogart was later asked how he managed to totally capture the paranoid personality of Queeg. ‘Simple,’ growled Bogie, ‘Everybody knows I’m nuts, anyway.’

– TV Guide

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