The Caine Mutiny(Edward Dmytryk) 1954 **** 3/14/2016

A new Captain(Humphrey Bogart) of the rundown USS Caine is at first a taskmaker, then the crew(writer Fred MacMurray, Executive Officer Van Johnson, and Princeton provenance ensign Willy Keith) begin to suspect he is a paranoiac.  The question of whether or not to relieve him of his command becomes central.  Crisp Technicolor and Steiner’s military score mixed with a lush romantic score give the picture a classic & attractive feel.  The acting is superb.  Bogart unravels.  MacMurray is a genial pseudovillian.  The love story is satisfying, and the photography is crisp, heaving blue & beautiful.

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