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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 »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A warm and wonderful film the subject of which is timeless. 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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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:
Spencer Tracy initially turned down the role of Manuel because he thought it was too secondary to the boy. He did not attempt a Portuguese accent but instead based his accent for the film on a Yiddish voice he had used during an early theater performance. He initially hated his performance in the movie until it won him good reviews and an Oscar nomination.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: (At 116:12) Camera shadow on the dory.See more »
Quotes:
Frank Burton Cheyne:Elliot, I'm going to be a father again.
Elliott:Good Heavens, Mr. Cheyne.
Elliott:No, no no Elliot... just that it seems that smart little boys from so-called wealthy well-bred parents don't grow up very successfully by themselves.
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47 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
A warm and wonderful film the subject of which is timeless., 28 November 2002
Author: xalf18

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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