Just before the launching of The Caine Mutiny, the
Wouks moved to Mexico, where they lost their eldest son, Abe, who drowned at the age of five.
In the end, Stanley Kramer avoided the wider political question of whether we could successfully fight fascism and militarism by adopting the "authoritarian system of command implicit in all professional fighting organizations." (25) In Caine Mutiny, the
ends justify the means: Greenwald defends Maryk and Keith at the expense of Queeg; all hands on a minesweeper should be sacrificed if necessary to maintain discipline without which the war will never be won.
IN the film The Caine Mutiny, the
neurotic captain of a destroyer (Queeg played by Humphrey Bogart) is relieved of his post.
His books, mostly fiction, have become bestsellers over the years, including Marjorie Morningstar, The Caine Mutiny, The
Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.
But it is not politics for which he is remembered but his great movies, including The Big Sleep, The Caine Mutiny, The
Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The African Queen, for which he won an Oscar.