IMDb > Captains Courageous (1937)
Captains Courageous
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Captains Courageous (1937) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 16 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Captains Courageous -- Trailer for this nautical tale

Overview

User Rating:
8.0/10   5,668 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 168% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Rudyard Kipling (novel)
John Lee Mahin (screen play) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Captains Courageous on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Kipling Classic Comes To Life 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)
Create a character page for: ?

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous" - USA (complete title)
See more »
Runtime:
117 min
Country:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Spencer Tracy received his Oscar statuette for this movie, he was surprised to find it inscribed to comic-strip hero "Dick Tracy". An embarrassed Academy replaced the statuette.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: (At 116:12) Camera shadow on the dory.See more »
Quotes:
Manuel Fidello:I gonna get nifty suit. You know, purple colored. Oh, very nifty suit, with shoes to match and big pearl buttons. Oh, and then I get new tie with big yellow flowers. Oh, then I walk up and down Duckett Street, and I say "Hey, girls, girls. Hey, look, look. Manuel is in town."
Harvey:Girls?
Manuel Fidello:Oh sure, beautiful girls. I got maybe five, six girls in Gloucester. I tell each one I like her best. You gotta tell big lies to girls to make them happy.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Blow The Man DownSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Kipling Classic Comes To Life, 12 January 2002
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A spoiled rich boy falls overboard & emerges from the sea into the world of the CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS, the rough & honest fishermen who ply the waters of the North Atlantic for months on end.

Rudyard Kipling's classic novel of maturation & responsibility has been expanded & updated and turned into a wonderful film by MGM. The production values, especially those dealing with the fishing boat sequences, are exceptional.

After the first half hour, where we are introduced to the boy's bad behavior at home, school, father's office & aboard the luxury liner, the film arrives at the heart of the matter with the introduction of the fisherman and their rough, dangerous way of life.

Freddie Bartholomew, luminous face & shining eyes aglow, is the very picture of boyish innocence. The fact that MGM gave him top billing over the powerhouse cast shows the kind of confidence they had in their child star. Although his proper English accent is a bit out of place and his sweetness makes his initial bratty behavior a bit of a stretch, once he's firmly ensconced on the trawler and his life lessons are being learned, it is difficult to think of any other young actor of his era in the role.

His lessons come mainly from Spencer Tracy, who is beyond praise as Manuel, the stalwart Portuguese fisherman. Noble, earthy, lighthearted, honest, these were attributes Tracy could sink his teeth into & he delivers a performance of heroic proportions. Good-natured & loyal, singing joyously to his hurdy-gurdy, his Manuel is still fiercely protective of his `liddle fish,' seeing at once the qualities the boy has to offer, once he shapes up. Audiences surrender to Tracy completely (fake accent and all) and his scenes with young Bartholomew are especially tender. The subsequent Best Actor Oscar for his performance here was very well deserved.

Lionel Barrymore, as the crusty, wise old captain of the fishing boat, is a delight. In one of the last roles in which he had the use of his legs, he is completely believable as a Massachusetts seaman. Like Tracy, he inhabits his part, giving an over-the-top performance that is completely appropriate. He embodies the kind of man anyone would feel confident to have at the helm during a sea storm.

The excellence of the cast is evidenced by having Charley Grapewin, John Carradine & Mickey Rooney all on board as crew members; each is given a chance to display their talents, as is Melvyn Douglas as Bartholomew's preoccupied father.

Movie mavens will recognize Billy Gilbert as a soda fountain jerk, as well as Christian Rub & Jimmy Conlin as fisherman, all uncredited.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (68 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Captains Courageous (1937)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Tears (**Spoilers**) GoodSOVeryVeryGood
request for Portuguese dialog tomtac
Duckett St is wrong exglouguy
Doc, The Cook gosh717
Bob Hope?? adregan
Ending SilentA6969
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Captains Courageous Jaws Snow Falling on Cedars Blue Fin The Perfect Storm
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Adventure section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.