Captains Courageous (1937)




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Movie Info

Based on a story by Rudyard Kipling, this fine drama chronicles the friendship that develops between a rich and spoiled young boy and the hardworking Portuguese fisherman who saves him from a watery grave.

Rating: PG
Genre: Classics, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly, Dale Van Every, Marc Connolly
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 31, 2006
MGM Home Entertainment


as Manuel

as Dan Troop

as Uncle Salters

as Long Jack

as Uncle Salters

as Old Clement

as Cushman

as Priest

as Dr. Finley

as Charles

as Elliott

as Pogey

as Nate Rogers

as Secretary Cobb

as Minister

as Black Woman

as Nate's Wife

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Taxi Driver

as Soda Steward

as Corridor Steward

as Thin Man

as Skipper of Ship

as Capt. Anderson

as Fisherman

as Captain of Flying Sw...

as Sailor on Flying Swa...

as Skipper of Blue Gill

as Chester's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Captains Courageous

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Its themes are entirely relevant to this day, and even technically %u2013 with the integration of sound stage and open sea footage %u2013 it stands the test of time

Full Review… | May 15, 2008
Urban Cinefile

One of the all time best. Adventure, love, and tears. Tracy and Bartholomew are terrific.

February 17, 2008

Audience Reviews for Captains Courageous


First of all I don't like animal related movies, but I do like pirate movies, which is really weird, I know. Second, this movie is really long. It starts out interesting, but gets more and more boring as it goes on. I didn't see the end because I was tired of watching this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Spencer Tracy did not think this a great performance, but he won the 1937 best actor Oscar. I have to agree with Tracy's evaluation, but it doesn't detract from the fact that this is a wonderful movie. It's a great coming of age story, and Freddie Bartholomew deserves at least equal praise for not sinking this into sentimental slosh. In fact the entire cast, from Melvyn Douglas, to Lionel Barrymore, to Mickey Rooney, to John Carradine, all deserve high praise for a masterful ensemble effort. One of the best movies I've seen in a good while. Strangely, the director, Victor Fleming, was not nominated for an Oscar. He should have been. It takes a skilled director to so beautifully coordinate such a wealth of talent.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


jay nixon

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