Cinema: The New Pictures, Jun. 28, 1954

The Caine Mutiny (Columbia) has plenty of what it takes to bring people into the theaters—a famous title, Technicolor and four famous names: Humphrey Bogart José Ferrer. Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray. But it has less of what it takes to make a first-rate film. The movie is handsome and expert almost to the point of slickness: it is sometimes a little cold and loud where it needs the flare and hiss of honest anger.

Producer Stanley Kramer attempted the almost impossible. Four studios had dropped option on the bestselling novel before Kramer picked it up, mainly because the U.S. Navy had refused...

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