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Director:
Writers:
Rudyard Kipling (novel)
John Lee Mahin (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
25 June 1937 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Most Exciting Picture Since "Mutiny On The Bounty" See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Guaranteed to reduce you to sobbing wreck See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Freddie Bartholomew ... Harvey

Spencer Tracy ... Manuel

Lionel Barrymore ... Disko

Melvyn Douglas ... Mr. Cheyne

Charley Grapewin ... Uncle Salters

Mickey Rooney ... Dan

John Carradine ... 'Long' Jack
Oscar O'Shea ... Cushman
Jack La Rue ... Priest (as Jack LaRue)
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Finley
Donald Briggs ... Tyler
Sam McDaniel ... 'Doc' (as Sam McDaniels)
Bill Burrud ... Charles (as Billy Burrud)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ... Robbins (uncredited)
Wally Albright ... Boy (uncredited)
Betty Alden ... Bit Role (uncredited)
C.E. Anderson ... Fisherman (uncredited)
William Arnold ... Reporter (uncredited)
Art Berry Sr. ... Capt. Anderson (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Skipper of Blue Gill (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tommy Bupp ... Boy on Ship (uncredited)

Leo G. Carroll ... Burns (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Burns - the Butler (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Martin (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Corridor Steward (uncredited)
Dora Early ... Appleton's Wife (uncredited)
Bill Fisher ... Crewman (uncredited)
Larry Fisher ... Crewman (uncredited)

Billy Gilbert ... Soda Steward (uncredited)
Roger Gray ... Nate Rogers (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Henry Hanna ... (uncredited)
Richard Howard ... Crewman (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Skipper of Ship (uncredited)
Gladden James ... Secretary Cobb (uncredited)
Jack Kennedy ... Captain of Flying Swan (uncredited)
Katherine Kenworthy ... Mrs. Disko (uncredited)
David Kerman ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Kilgannon ... Crewman (uncredited)
Murray Kinnell ... Minister (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger ... Crewman (uncredited)
Boots Lebaron ... Boy (uncredited)
Myra Marsh ... Chester's Wife (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Crewman (uncredited)
Mira McKinney ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Crewman (uncredited)
Richard Powell ... First Steward (uncredited)
Gene Reynolds ... Boy in Print Shop (uncredited)
Christian Rub ... Old Clement (uncredited)
Goldie Sloan ... Black Woman (uncredited)
William Stack ... Elliott (uncredited)
Jack Sterling ... Crewman (uncredited)
Reggie Streeter ... Boy (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Gertrude Sutton ... Nate's Wife (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Tom (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Dick Walsh (uncredited)
Lee Van Atta ... Boy (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Sailor on Flying Swan (uncredited)
Jay Ward ... Pogey Williams (uncredited)
Bobby Watson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dave Wengren ... Lars (uncredited)
Kenneth Wilson ... Alvin Savage (uncredited)
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Directed by
Victor Fleming 
 
Writing credits
Rudyard Kipling (novel)

John Lee Mahin (screen play) &
Marc Connelly (screen play) and
Dale Van Every (screen play)

Produced by
Louis D. Lighton .... producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (musical score by)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Elmo Veron (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Art Department
A. Arnold Gillespie .... associate art director (as Arnold Gillespie)
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harold J. Marzorati .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bob Roberts .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Gus Kahn .... songs: lyrics by
Franz Waxman .... songs: music by
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James Curtis Havens .... marine director (as James Havens)
Frank Barnes .... business manager (uncredited)
Hertzel Effensachs .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Harry Marble .... marine director (uncredited)
Ewing Scott .... business manager (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
117 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Germany:6 | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1937) | New Zealand:G | Norway:A (1937) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl (DVD rating) | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #2951)

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Trivia:
The only film where Freddie Bartholomew was allowed to play a less-than-virtuous character.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 30 mins) Harvey hits Manuel twice on the left shin with an oar. Manuel then boasts to the crew that Harvey would do anything for him, "Even break my leg maybe too". (at around 51 mins) Manuel holds up his right (the wrong) leg and rubs it.See more »
Quotes:
Harvey:I bet I know a lot of things you don't know. I know that's not French you're singing.
Manuel Fidello:That's right. About ten million people know it's Portugese.
Harvey:I bet you can't speak French.
Manuel Fidello:Right now, I sorry I speak *English*.
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Soundtrack:
Ooh What a Terrible ManSee more »

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42 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Guaranteed to reduce you to sobbing wreck, 28 February 2005
Author: Michael Bo (michael.bo@pol.dk) from Copenhagen, Denmark

I dare anyone to sit through this film with dry eyes! Especially people of the male persuasion. There is simply no way it can be done.

Young teen Freddie Bartholomew is a snotty, spoilt brat, and on a cruise with his dad he falls overboard and is rescued by Portuguese fisherman Spencer Tracy who takes him to Captain Lionel Barrymore's commercial fishing ship. They can't afford to go give up their fishing to take the arrogant kid back to land, and so Freddie is forced to spend three months with the crew, gradually mellowing into a nice boy and evolving into a rugged, no-nonsense kid who dotes on Tracy's rough and ready Manuel.

Victor Fleming was never the most subtle of directors, and this adaptation of Kipling's story does not thrive on its wealth of detail or the ambiguity of emotion, but its sweep is epic and its heart so real that you feel you have been on a roller-coaster-ride. I loved the reels of the men fishing and preparing the fish, it had a nice documentary feel to it, akin to the silent 'Down to the Sea in Ships' that 'Captains Courageous' resembles a lot at times. The cinematography is beautiful, the mist and fog captured with finesse.

But this film is all about acting. Spencer Tracy got an Oscar for his acting as Manuel, cast against type. And although his performance verges on the sentimental, it never actually tips over. But the film belongs to Freddie Bartholomew who surely must have been tempted to overboard with emotion, but, miraculously, never does. This boy was an astute and intuitive actor, and he never sets a foot wrong. Mickey Rooney shines in an itsy bitsy part as the captain's son. He never tries to steal any scenes from Bartholomew (as one suspects he might, and could!), but concentrates on a brisk, matter-of-fact performance of this young pro of the sea, every movement he makes seems exactly right, again almost documentary-like.

Watch this film if you get the chance. They don't come much better, and yes, it will make you bawl and sob. Be warned.

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