- When Humphrey Bogart broke bread into small pieces to symbolize the deteriorating state of Queeg's mental condition, a military advisor on the set told him that no naval officer would eat bread that way.
- Richard Widmark was chosen for the lead role, but producer Stanley Kramer wanted Humphrey Bogart.
- Preparations for filming took 15 months.
- Actress Donna Lee Hickey adopted the name of her character in this movie, May Wynn, as her stage name, and made eight more films under that name. In the novel, May Wynn is itself a stage name.
- The length of time it took to make the film, which was unheard of at the time, was due in part to the unwillingness of the US Navy to endorse the film. Without the Navy's endorsement, it would have been impossible for the filmmakers to use naval equipment and personnel. The Navy was concerned that the film's subject dealt with a mutiny, and that audience would feel that it was a true story. But the filmmakers reached a compromise upon agreeing to include the comment in the opening titles that there has never been a mutiny on a US Navy vessel.
- The abortive visit to Admiral Halsey was filmed on the USS Kearsarge (CV 33).
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