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Movies: "Mutiny on the Bounty"

June 10, 1962 - “Mutiny on the Bounty” is reaching the end of an extended and expensive production journey. The remake will have its world premiere “about Nov. 1,” according to MGM. This will end a screen saga that began three years ago. The project, first announced on Nov. 1, 1959, was filmed in Tahiti and at the Metro studio in Culver City, Calif., starting in November 1960. It is the costliest ever turned out by the company; estimates run from $17 to $20 million. Production has been stalled from time to time because of script changes initiated by the star, Marlon Brando (pictured with Fletcher Christian, a descendant of the man who led the mutiny), as well as the shooting of extra footage. Screenwriters have been switched, and Charles Lederer is being credited with the final authorship of the script. The original director, Sir Carol Reed, quit in a dispute with studio officials after three months of shooting and was replaced by Lewis Milestone, who has publicly criticized Mr. Brando for the delays.


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