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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mutiny on the Bounty

You may have seen the movie, Mutiny on the Bounty made in 1935, starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable [DVD MUT]. (In 1962 it was remade starring Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, and Richard Harris. Nesmith Library don't own this version, but it is available from another GMILCS consortium library.) The movie was based upon the book, Mutiny on the Bounty, by Charles Nordhoff [F NOR], which was a bestseller in 1932.

The mutiny on the HMS Bounty was a real event that happened on this day, April 28, in 1789. You can read about the incident in The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline Alexander [996.1 ALE] or Patrick O'Brien's The Mutiny on the Bounty, an account written for children [J 910.45 OBR].

National Geographic created the following documentary on the mutiny:



The true tale of a cruel captain whose crew turns on him, the setting of the captain adrift in a small boat, the sea, the weather, and the exotic Tahiti setting, all made the story perfect for a novel and subsequent adaptation to film. It's a story that is still being told 227 years later!

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