Cinema: The Came Scrutiny

Herman Wouk's bestselling novel, The Caine Mutiny, seemed at first to be perfect movie material. The story of Lieut. Commander Queeg, U.S.N., a weakling, petty-minded skipper, and his incompetent reign over the destroyer-minesweeper Caine had romance, action, villainy, and as miserable a crew of sailors as ever took over a ship (TIME, April 9). The U.S. Navy, without whose "cooperation" the picture cannot be successfully filmed, let loose a broadside at the whole movie project. To Producer Stanley (Champion) Kramer, Information Chief Rear Admiral Robert Hickey wrote: "I believe your production would plant in the minds of millions the idea that...

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