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Captains Courageous (1937)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 25 June 1937 (USA)
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Harvey Cheyne is a spoiled brat used to having his own way. When a prank goes wrong onboard an ocean liner Harvey ends up overboard and nearly drowns. Fortunately he's picked up by a ... See full summary »

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Harvey Cheyne is a spoiled brat used to having his own way. When a prank goes wrong onboard an ocean liner Harvey ends up overboard and nearly drowns. Fortunately he's picked up by a fishing boat just heading out for the season. He tries to bribe the crew into returning early to collect a reward but none of them believe him. Stranded on the boat he must adapt to the ways of the fishermen and learn more about the real world. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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25 June 1937 (USA)  »

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Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous  »

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$1,645,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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In the novel (which first appeared as a serialization in "McClure's" magazine beginning November 1896) Harvey Cheyne is 15 and his father and mother travel by train from San Diego when they are notified Harvey has arrived in Gloucester. In the film his father says (at around 05 mins) "I wish his mother had lived to see him now, ten years old and yet he's one of the editors of his school paper." See more »

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In the penultimate scenes, Harvey and Mr. Cheyne each throw a wreath into the water. Mr. Cheyne's wreath lands next to Harvey's. However, when shown again, Mr. Cheyne's wreath sits partially atop of Harvey's wreath as they float away on the outgoing tide. See more »

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Captain Disko Troop: Inquiring if Harvey is earning his keep: Manuel?
Manuel Fidello: It's okay, he do some work.
Harvey: I did not. - That was work.
Manuel Fidello: You clean something off deck, no?
Harvey: You made me do something.
Manuel Fidello: That was work.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are letters on planks, like the lettering on the side of ships, and between screen-fulls, a foaming wave of water splashes over it and then runs off. In the initial sets of credits, these appear to be actually letter-forms attached to the wood, as the water gets deflected by some of the letters; in later sets of credits, this effect is harder to see and the sets may be credits superimposed upon wood. See more »


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Rock of Ages
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Music by Thomas Hastings (1830)
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady (1776)
Sung by all at the Fishermen's Memorial
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We all need a lesson in selflessness.
11 August 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Some people don't know selflessness until they experience something extreme, like what happens in "Captains Courageous". Harvey Cheyne (Freddie Bartholomew) is the most spoiled kid whom anyone could ever imagine. After falling off of a ship, he gets picked up by Portuguese fisherman Manuel Fidello (Spencer Tracy), who teaches him selflessness and various other life lessons.

Spencer Tracy won a well deserved Oscar for his performance. Manuel is a person who, while not having much materially, has a lot to teach. He humbly improvises songs and just loves to go fishing, a stark contrast to Harvey's life of luxury. It doesn't suffice to call "Captains Courageous" a morality lesson; it's about life in general. 10/10.


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