In lieu of a real post about this movie, we'll just post some delicious pictures of Clark Gable as Fletcher Christian.
Just look at that last picture. Yowza! No, Rhett Butler is most decidedly not my favorite Clark Gable role. Fletcher Christian is. Gable should have played a few more swashbuckling pirate/sea captain roles back in the day, he does it so well. And I'm one who prefers him without the moustache, though he undeniably wears that moustache very well. But this look right here? Just can't be beat for sheer attractiveness.
Fletcher Christian has long been one of my all-time favorite characters, from both this movie and from the book, but I realized it was definitely this particular movie that cemented him as a favorite character (and role model) very early on for me. Christian is darker and moodier and less noble in the book. In the movie, he's constantly trying to protect the men from Bligh while doing what he can to stay within the law. As "protection" is one of the most prominent character traits I love, of course, I love this version of Fletcher Christian. It's perhaps a more "Hollywood" version of Christian than the other later movies present, but that's not a detriment for me. If I want to watch Mutiny, this is the version I will always turn to.