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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:
"Yo Ho, Little Fish, Don't Cry Don't Cry" 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:
Harvey Cheyne's fall scene had to be filmed in one take on 20th November 1936.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Manuel Fidello:15 years I've been fisherman, first time I catch fish like you.
[blows conch shell, and heads towards boat ringing bell]
Manuel Fidello:HEY, Aboard the vessel!
Captain Disko Troop:Hey!
Manuel Fidello:I bring you new kind of fish.
Captain Disko Troop:What'chu get?
Manuel Fidello:I got new kind of fish. He got no tail. He got pants on his dorsal fin. I think maybe he about 10 year old.
[pulls up next to schooner and start hauling up boy]
Dan Troop:Aw, its a kid ain't it?
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Soundtrack:
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33 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
"Yo Ho, Little Fish, Don't Cry Don't Cry", 5 November 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

That was quite a catch that Spencer Tracy made that day in the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.

Young Freddie Bartholomew the spoiled son of tycoon Melvyn Douglas falls overboard off an ocean liner. By the merest chance, Spencer Tracy is in his dory fishing and reels in young Bartholomew. After his catch is made, Tracy returns to the boat that captain Lionel Barrymore is commanding.

It's quite a culture shock to the lad. He's fallen in literally with a bunch of people who work for a living and have no real interest in him because his Daddy's the richest guy around. Truth is Melvyn Douglas has been neglecting the kid for business and young Bartholomew is not really as bad a kid as originally thought. He joins the crew and becomes close to Tracy.

Of Tracy's two Oscar winning performances, the part of Manuel the Portugese fisherman, transplanted to New England is a bit more showy than Father Flanagan. It's a good blend of the roughneck characters Tracy was used to playing and the new father figure persona he adopted in San Francisco.

By necessity Tracy had to adopt an accent if for no other reasons than to distinguish him from the other members of Lionel Barrymore's crew and their clipped New England speech. The Portugese are a hearty, seafaring group though and I certainly never heard any complaint that his performance was in any way demeaning. Manuel's a simple guy, but with a good way of life and an appreciation for the important things life has to offer. That is what he imparts to Freddie Bartholomew.

Melvyn Douglas does not get enough recognition for this film. Just as Freddie Bartholomew is not a bad kid at heart, Douglas is not a bad man either. His performance as a man who lost his only child and then had him miraculously returned from the dead is touching. And the scenes where he tries to repair his relationship with young Bartholomew are poignant.

Lionel Barrymore is the perfect conception of a hearty New England fishing boat captain. As Freddie Bartholomew watches the interaction between Barrymore and Mickey Rooney, father and son, sharing not just playtime, but the father's profession, he realizes what he and Melvyn Douglas have missed out on.

Of the crew also pay close attention to John Carradine who resents and then accepts Bartholomew with the crew.

The fishing scenes are well done and Director Victor Fleming gives you a good picture of life on a commercial fishing vessel.

Captains Courageous is a fine family film in every sense of the word.

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