Money, Dear Boy: James Cagney, then on a hiatus from Warner Bros. during a contract dispute, has a cameo in the film. He is clearly visible toward the beginning of the film. He was sailing his boat near where the film was shooting near Catalina Island; director Frank Lloyd was an old friend of his, and Cagney asked him if he could play a small part in the film, saying, jokingly, "I need the money". Lloyd had Cagney dressed in a crewman's clothes and put him in the background of a few scenes.
Romance on the Set: During filming Clark Gable and Franchot Tone were said to have become romantically involved with Mamo Clark and Movita, who played their girlfriends in the movie.
Creator Backlash: Richard Harris had such a miserable time on the film that he refused to attend the premiere. He later described the shoot as "nightmarish" and called the film "a total fucking disaster".
Dawson Casting: Trevor Howard was initially reluctant to play Bligh, because he felt he was far too old for the part. The real life Lieutenant William Bligh was 33 when the Bounty set sail, and 35 at the time of the mutiny. After all the problems filming, Howard said he wished he had turned the film down.
Method Acting: Marlon Brando filmed his death scenes on a bed of ice to simulate dying from severe burns. The crew could only shoot three takes at a time as Brando's skin would turn blue as the result of the chill.
Wag the Director: Marlon Brando constantly undermined the authority of director Lewis Milestone, and got the crew to obey his every whim. Brando had so much clout by this point that he got MGM to green-light virtually every outrageous idea he had. At one point, he pulled people off the film crew to decorate and design a friend's wedding in Tahiti. Another time he had airplanes filled with cases of champagne, turkeys and hams flown to Tahiti for parties. He also threatened to quit the film if the Bounty ship was burnt and demanded repeated re-writes to meet his ever-changing vision of the film.