Soundtrack Review: The Caine Mutiny

Soundtrack Review: The Caine Mutiny

The Caine Mutiny Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Caine Mutiny by Max Steiner.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 95.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 37.5
Album Excellence: 75.1%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

The Caine Mutiny is a 1954 American war drama film directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer & Van Johnson. It is based on the 1951 Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Herman Wouk. During World War II, a dilapidated vessel, the Caine, gets a new ensign, Willis Keith (Robert Francis), and a new captain, Commander Queeg (Humphrey Bogart). The crew sees Queeg’s unconventional behavior as irrational, and communications officer Thomas Keefer (Fred MacMurray) spreads suspicion about his suitability as captain. When a dire situation during a storm forces the executive officer (Van Johnson) to relieve Queeg of his duties, he and Ensign Keith are tried for mutiny. The score is composed by Max Steiner.

It is indeed a great time to be alive and certainly timely to release a Max Steiner score. There’s certainly not a lot of new Steiner relases these days, but this is a world premiere CD recording of this score by Intrada Records. With Max Steiner on the cover, expectations are usually high and there’s no reason for my expectations to be any low for this one despite not having seen the film. I expect Mr. Steiner to deliver the goods, like he has done time and time again. 20 seconds into the opening cue and main theme ‘Main Title’, I am already counting my winnings. The opening fanfare and the wonderful war march theme goes staright into my good books. Classic. It sounded a bit like a western at first, but when the military march started, I was where I thought I would end up. It might not be Steiner’s best theme, but it’s the wonderful sound that gets me. This might just be another Steiner classic.

The western sound keeps coming back in parts with cues like ‘Top To Bottom’ and it’s not that I’m put off by that, but it feels different than what I would expect. Still, you better love that military march in the opening theme because that’s the used quite a bit. Luckily for me, I love it. For lovers out there, check out the wonderful ‘Love In The Valley’ to get that classic 50s emotional love theme. How is the sound I hear you ask? Well it’s a mid-50s score, so there’s bound to be some artifacts, but overall I think the sound is great and I heard the score through headphones to great effect. I think Intrada has done a great job yet again to bring to life the classic sound of Steiner. If it’s not sold out yet, it’s an easy buy. Go get it!

1. Main Title
3. I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
4. Keith Meets Navy
6. Lost Paravane
7. Meet Queeg
9. Off To Target
10. Shirt Tail
11. To The Barn
12. Mother Meets May
13. Love In The Valley
14. Escort Jacob
15. Yellow Streak
16. The Plaque
19. Berries, Anyone
20. On The Bible
22. Storm Warning
23. Phone May
24. Greenwald Takes Case
25. End Title

GD Star Rating


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