Humphrey Bogart made three very different types of movies in 1954. The second, Sabrina, was a light-hearted romantic comedy, while the third, The Barefoot Contessa, was a ponderous, garish melodrama. The first film he made that year was a big budget, gripping drama, which netted him his third Oscar nomination (he lost out to Marlon Brando). Lieutenant Commander Philip Francis Queeg found himself on the wrong side of The Caine Mutiny.
As usual, Bogart was battling with Jack Warner, head of Warner Brothers, over roles. Fresh off the mess that was Beat the Devil, Bogie wanted to star in the adaptation of Herman Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. He won, which put him to work for Columbia Pictures, not Warners.
Bogart really wanted the part and Columbia President Harry Cohn actually low-balled his offer, which Bogie accepted, though he was seething inside. The movie was produced by Edward Dmtryk, one of the infamous ‘Hollywood Ten,’ who served jail time before naming names. Initially, Dmtryk wasn’t allowed onto a naval base or ship because of his record and the US Navy had to be convinced to change its stance towards him.