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Captains Courageous (1937)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 25 June 1937 (USA)
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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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(novel), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
... Harvey
... Manuel
... Disko
... Mr. Cheyne
... Uncle Salters
... Dan
... 'Long Jack'
... Cushman
... Priest (as Jack LaRue)
... Dr. Finley
... Tyler
... 'Doc' (as Sam McDaniels)
... Charles (as Billy Burrud)
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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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The Most Exciting Picture Since "Mutiny On The Bounty" See more »


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25 June 1937 (USA)  »

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Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous  »

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$1,645,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Months before principal photography began, Victor Fleming sent a second-unit crew to Massachusetts to shoot footage in and around the quaint fishing town of Gloucester. While there, MGM purchased an authentic schooner called the Oretha F. Spinney and promptly transformed it into the We're Here of the film's story. See more »

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Near the end of the movie Harvey talks to Disko about the next fishing trip and Disko says that it will be the "winter season". Earlier in the movie they mention coming home around August 1st and having 6 weeks on land before going fishing again, so we conclude that they go fishing again at around the end of September at the latest. Knowing that they fish for no more than three months it would make the next fishing trip the "fall season" and not the winter season. See more »

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Manuel Fidello: Oh, Long Jack, what are you worry about? He admit the whole thing, like regular grown fella. He say he sorry. Everything all right now.
'Long Jack': Nothing's all right till I beat his ears off! Get outta my way.
Manuel Fidello: You touch that kid, I tear you apart, see! Manuel talking, I tear you apart, see! So don't get me mad, Long Jack. I get all crazy and sick inside.
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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 Crashing Hollywood (1938) See more »

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Blow The Man Down
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We all need a lesson in selflessness.
11 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Some people don't know selflessness until they experience something extreme, like what happens in "Captains Courageous". Harvey Cheyne (Freddie Bartholomew) is the most spoiled kid whom anyone could ever imagine. After falling off of a ship, he gets picked up by Portuguese fisherman Manuel Fidello (Spencer Tracy), who teaches him selflessness and various other life lessons.

Spencer Tracy won a well deserved Oscar for his performance. Manuel is a person who, while not having much materially, has a lot to teach. He humbly improvises songs and just loves to go fishing, a stark contrast to Harvey's life of luxury. It doesn't suffice to call "Captains Courageous" a morality lesson; it's about life in general. 10/10.


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