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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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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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$1,645,000 (estimated)
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Spencer Tracy was impressed early on by Freddie Bartholomew's dedication to the role, jumping over the side of the boat in order to get what he considered sufficiently wet after having been shot with a hose and doused with a bucket of water. "The kid can take it," Tracy said. "I hand it to him." See more »

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When planning the Atlantic crossing, Mr. Cheyne is told that the trip would happen on the Queen Anne. A lifeboat on the ship is shown with a name that is partially obscured, but appears to say QUEEN MARY. "QUEEN" is shown in its entirety, and the letters "AR" are clearly shown in the second word. 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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Referenced in The Joey Bishop Show: Joey the Patient (1964) See more »

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What Shall We Do with The Drunken Sailor?
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The golden age of child actors
9 September 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

A movie like this could only have been made in the early days of cinema. Before the days when fancy camera angles, careful editing, and computer-effects combine to make any pretty-boy a big star, movies had to rely on genuine talent on the part of child actors.

Nowhere is this more evident than with Freddie Bartholomew. The character he plays is a spoiled rich-kid, used to getting his own way and obnoxious with everyone he meets. Yet he plays the role in such a way that we can sympathize with him, rather than detest him. We understand the character, but we do not hate him.

Watch any similar movie made today, and the child actors will whine and sneer and have smart-mouthed replies to everything. In this movie, however, the character is not taken to that extreme, and when he makes his transition in the film we are able to love him, and are able to forget how horrid he was before.

The boy can truly act. When he cries for his loved ones, we cry with him. When he is happy, we are able to smile. And when he does something foolish, we do not get the urge to punch him in the face. The character is attractive by the end of the film, and that is a quality which few (if any) child actors possess today.

If you want to see a touching movie with superb acting and genuine emotion, this is the one.


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