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Captains Courageous (1937)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 25 June 1937 (USA)
A spoiled brat who falls overboard from a steamship gets picked up by a fishing boat, where he's made to earn his keep by joining the crew in their work.

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Priest (as Jack LaRue)
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Tyler
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'Doc' (as Sam McDaniels)
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Charles (as Billy Burrud)
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Storyline

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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Again-as in the stirring "Mutiny"- you live the roaring drama of men against the sea. You share the struggles, the heartaches, the laughter of courageous souls who leave the women they love to dare the wrath of the angry waves... See more »


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25 June 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Since Freddie Bartholomew and Mickey Rooney were both school age, the production had to regularly carve out time for the two of them to be tutored. See more »

Goofs

When Manuel is in the water and speaks Portuguese. See more »

Quotes

Harvey: All cleared up, hasn't it? The weather - its nice now.
Manuel Fidello: It was till you come up.
Harvey: Well, they sent me up.
Manuel Fidello: [Sarcastically] No. No, I bet they ask you stay.
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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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Referenced in The Joey Bishop Show: Joey the Patient (1964) See more »

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Don't Cry Little Fish
(1937) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Music by Franz Waxman
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A warm and wonderful film the subject of which is timeless.
28 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is my favorite movie of all time. I have seen thousands of movies but none can come near Captains Courageous for its warmth, compassion, drama and meaningfulness. A wonderful story of single-parent bonding and hero worship.

Spencer Tracy as Manuel the Portugese fisherman was absolutely fantastic. Just looking at the sparkle in his eyes when mentoring Harvey (Freddie Bartholomew) was beautiful. I have shown this film to my senior class in Strategic Management and they all loved it. And what a supporting cast, Lionel Barrymore, Melvin Douglas, Mickey Rooney, John Caradine. It was also one of the first Hollywood movies to treat a black character with dignity and respect. The ship's cook was even bilingual, speaking both English and Portugese, and was a respected member of the crew, not just an Uncle Tom.

They don't make them any better than this--and not a single word of profanity, no sex or sexual episodes, must a wonderful story, well acted, sad but uplifting.


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