Argumentative August #23 – The Caine Mutiny (1954)


Argumentative August #23 – The Caine Mutiny (1954) –

Rob and I would like to once again welcome you to another review for our Argumentative August Blogathon. This next film, The Caine Mutiny is being reviewed by Rob at Let’s see what he thought of this movie…

caine mutiny“I don’t want to upset you too much, but at the moment you have an excellent chance of being hanged. ” – Barney Greenwald

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Aug 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After a new captain is assigned to command a tight nit crew of a minesweeper during WWII, the crewmen start to wonder if he is sane enough to keep them all alive.

My Take on it – This is based on a book by Herman Wouk about the burden of command and who is fit for it.

The age old question as to whether experience in the field or on paper is better is raised here and there are never clear cut answers.

The cast is unbelievably talented and help make this movie even more enjoyable to watch. Van Johnson, Humphrey Bogart, Fred McMurray and Jose Ferrar are all excellent in pivotal roles. I loved seeing a young Lee Marvin and an even younger Claude Akins as seamen.

Many movies about command decisions during battle have easily copied this movie’s message and premise and have also succeeded. A great example of this is Crimson Tide (1995).

What I found to be the most interesting is the fact that the message not only relates to command during war, but even I saw similarities between this movie’s characters and coworkers of mine including my new boss who exhibits many of Bogart’s traits. J

Bottom Line – Great story that asks the age old question of who is more fit for command; a man with experience on paper or in the field? The top notch cast helps make this so enjoyable to watch. It can easily been seen how numerous other movies about command decisions in battle borrowed from this movie’s message. The questions raised here by Wouk are very adaptable to other real life situations. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scars on Van Johnson’s face in this film are real, not makeup. While filming A Guy Named Joe (1943), Johnson was in an automobile accident and thrown through the car’s windshield. The plastic surgery of the day could not totally remove his scars. In all his later films he wore heavy makeup to hide them but felt that, in this film, they added to his character’s appearance. (From IMDB)


Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


3 thoughts on “Argumentative August #23 – The Caine Mutiny (1954)

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Here’s another review by me for our Argumentative August blogathon. check out my thoughts on The Caine Mutiny (1954)

  2. I read this book and watched this movie within the last year. The book is better but I liked the movie a lot too. It definitely made me uncomfortable the way the support goes and you’re right, it’s relatable to lots of job situations. Everyone complains but then no one wants to stick their neck out.

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