Captains Courageous (1937) - Plot Summary Poster


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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.

  • 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.

  • A Portuguese fisherman rescues a young boy from the sea after he fell from an ocean liner. The boy is the son of a railway tycoon and privileged life and attitudes are quickly challenged by life on a fishing boat in the North Atlantic. This pre-WW2 movie based on the story by Rudyard Kipling and stars Freddie Bartholomew as the 15 year old boy, Harvey, and Spencer Tracey as the Portuguese fisherman, Manuel, that rescues him. Learning the work ethic, hardships and superstitions of the Gloucester-men Harvey soon becomes part of the crew and the close friend of the paternalistic Manuel. The depth of their relationship grows into something that each character cherishes.


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