What a superb piece of acting by Humphrey Bogart. Here he plays Captain Queeg of the Caine, a minesweeper during World War II, a paranoid man, broken and heavily disliked by his crew for his strict discipline. I am so used to seeing the actor play the gangster or a detective with a charming and seemingly invincible personality that this movie really does show the acting chops of Bogart is a new light. He was sick while playing this part and in a little over 2 years after he would be dead.
The most hard hitting piece of the movie is one I subtly missed but that comes right back at the end to smack you in the kisser. After the Commander’s heavily charged scene in court the crew is celebrating their victory over their ex commander but are all brought back down to earth when they and myself are reminded of the scene where Commander Queeg had asked for help. At the time I was on the crews side, keeping my view of Queeg as a dangerous, unstable man, but I felt like I was just as wrong. Nobody in the crew offered to help this man or talk to him when he reached out. Instead they almost let him run his course to his and theirs oblivion. Powerful stuff.
Interesting Tidbit, one of my favorite actors Michael Caine took his acting name from this movie.
Favorite Quote: “Ahh, but the strawberries that’s… that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic… that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I’d have produced that key if they hadn’t of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officers…“ – Captain Queeg