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Captains Courageous ()


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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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Harvey
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Manuel
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Disko
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Mr. Cheyne
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Uncle Salters
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Dan
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'Long Jack'
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Cushman
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Priest (as Jack LaRue)
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Dr. Finley
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Tyler
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'Doc' (as Sam McDaniels)
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Charles (as Billy Burrud)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ...
Robbins (uncredited)
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Boy (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
C.E. Anderson ...
Fisherman (uncredited)
William Arnold ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Art Berry Sr. ...
Capt. Anderson (uncredited)
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Skipper of Blue Gill (uncredited)
Don Brodie ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Boy on Ship (uncredited)
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Burns (uncredited)
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Burns - the Butler (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ...
Martin (uncredited)
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Corridor Steward (uncredited)
Dora Early ...
Appleton's Wife (uncredited)
Bill Fisher ...
Crewman (uncredited)
Larry Fisher ...
Crewman (uncredited)
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Soda Steward (uncredited)
Roger Gray ...
Nate Rogers (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
Henry Hanna ...
(uncredited)
Richard Howard ...
Crewman (uncredited)
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Skipper of Ship (uncredited)
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Secretary Cobb (uncredited)
Jack Kennedy ...
Captain of Flying Swan (uncredited)
Katherine Kenworthy ...
Mrs. Disko (uncredited)
David Kerman ...
Reporter (uncredited)
James Kilgannon ...
Crewman (uncredited)
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Minister (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger ...
Crewman (uncredited)
Boots Lebaron ...
Boy (uncredited)
Myra Marsh ...
Chester's Wife (uncredited)
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Crewman (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Fisherman (uncredited)
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Crewman (uncredited)
Richard Powell ...
First Steward (uncredited)
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Boy in Print Shop (uncredited)
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Old Clement (uncredited)
Goldie Sloan ...
Black Woman (uncredited)
William Stack ...
Elliott (uncredited)
Jack Sterling ...
Crewman (uncredited)
Reggie Streeter ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Gertrude Sutton ...
Nate's Wife (uncredited)
David Thursby ...
Tom (uncredited)
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Dr. Dick Walsh (uncredited)
Lee Van Atta ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Sailor on Flying Swan (uncredited)
Jay Ward ...
Pogey Williams (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Dave Wengren ...
Lars (uncredited)
Kenneth Wilson ...
Alvin Savage (uncredited)

Directed by

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Victor Fleming

Written by

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Rudyard Kipling ... (novel)
 
John Lee Mahin ... (screen play) &
Marc Connelly ... (screen play) and
Dale Van Every ... (screen play)
 
Tom Kilpatrick ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Louis D. Lighton ... producer

Music by

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Franz Waxman ... (musical score)

Cinematography by

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Harold Rosson ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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Elmo Veron ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons

Makeup Department

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Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department

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A. Arnold Gillespie ... associate art director (as Arnold Gillespie)
Edwin B. Willis ... associate art director

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director

Camera and Electrical Department

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Harold J. Marzorati ... camera operator (uncredited)
Bob Roberts ... camera operator (uncredited)

Music Department

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Gus Kahn ... songs: lyrics by
Franz Waxman ... songs: music by
Paul Marquardt ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Franz Waxman ... conductor (uncredited)

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James Curtis Havens ... marine director (as James Havens)
Frank Barnes ... business manager (uncredited)
Herzl Effensachs ... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Harry Marble ... marine director (uncredited)
Ewing Scott ... business manager (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The Most Exciting Picture Since "Mutiny On The Bounty" See more »
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Also Known As
  • Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous (United States)
  • Capitaines courageux (France)
  • Fischerjungs (Germany)
  • Manuel (Germany)
  • Capitanes intrépidos (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 117 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,645,000 (estimated)

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Trivia When production finally wrapped in late February 1937, Spencer Tracy was relieved. "Well, I got away with it," he said later. "Want to know why? Because of Freddie, because of that kid's performance, because he sold it 98 per cent. The kid had to believe in Manuel, or Manuel wasn't worth a quarter. The way he would look at me, believe every word I said, made me believe in it myself. I've never said this before, and I'll never say it again. Freddie Bartholomew's acting is so fine and so simple and so true that it's way over people's heads. It'll only be by thinking back two or three years from now that they'll realize how great it was." See more »
Goofs It does not make sense that Harvey's teachers could expect him to be independent if he is only ten. In the novel he was fifteen. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Spisok korabley (2008). See more »
Soundtracks Ooh What a Terrible Man See more »
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 »
Quotes Manuel Fidello: My father was the best fisherman on the whole Madeira islands! And that's everyplace.
Harvey: Well, that's not so much.
Manuel Fidello: How you mean not so much?
Harvey: Well, I mean he didn't do much for you. I mean, he didn't leave you anything.
Manuel Fidello: He didn't leave - ? He-he leave me this hurdy-gurdy that his grandfather leave him! He teach me how to fish, how to sail boat! He give me arms and hands and feet, feeling good outside and he teach me how to feel good inside! My father do all this and he have 17 other kids beside - what else a father do?
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