(Not so) subtle sex reference..?
Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but here goes anyway:
I rewatched this flick last night and for the first time caught a pretty obvious visual penis/erection-reference - if that's what it was supposed to be. When Brando is being told to "satisfy his lust elsewhere" by Howard, we see him walking off towards the cutter and the camera pans to the dead breadfruit-plant - which incidently looks rather, errr, limp.
Next scene we have Brando on the Bounty after the interpreter tells him he better shag the king's daughter or there won't be any breadfruit-plants for them. He then picks up a banana and peels it quite deliberately.
Anyone else catch that, or am I just a sex-crazed pervert? ;)