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The film opens with the following voice-over narration: "For almost eighteen long years, since Fletcher Christian of His Majesty's ship Bounty led his mutineers against the stern dictator of the quarterdeck, Capt. William Bligh, the turbulent seas crashing on a lonely shore have thundered over the graveyard of the burned and sunken vessel. The treachery and violence springing from insanity and drunken passion which then caused the mutineers to destroy each other now were memories fading with the passage of time. With the end of the last mutineer, the only one of that ill-starred crew to die in his bed, their troubles have passed to new inheritors." In many cases, the onscreen cast credits do not correspond with the actors and their roles as listed in the Variety review. The opening and closing onscreen credits differ slightly in their order.
This picture continued the saga of a group of characters featured in a trilogy of novels based on the real-life late-18th century mutiny on the H.M.S. Bounty. The novels, Mutiny on the Bounty (1932), Men Against the Sea (1933) and Pitcairn's Island (1934) were all written by Charles Nordoff and James Norman Hall. For more information about the trilogy, and the films adapted from them, please see the entry for Mutiny on the Bounty in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40.