Our May Literary Flick takes us on a high seas adventure to Tahiti, on board the HMS Bounty. Mutiny on the Bounty is a 1935 film based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. Set in 1787, it follows the ship and crew on a two-year voyage to the Pacific. Its captain, William Bligh (Charles Laughton), is a brutal tyrant who punishes those who lack discipline, cause any infraction on board the ship, or defy his authority. Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable), the ship's lieutenant, disapproves of Bligh's treatment of the crew.
The film was one of the biggest hits of its time, and film critics consider this adaptation to be the best cinematic work inspired by the mutiny. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including three for Best Actor, it won the award for Best Picture.