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Captains Courageous (1937)




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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. The trouble begins on a cruise ship where greedy young Harvey Cheyne (Fred Bartholomew) is getting sick over the railing after wolfing down one too many ice cream cones. Unfortunately, he leans too far over the railing and ends up in the drink. No one on board the liner notices that he is gone and things look bleak until he is rescued by Manuel the fisherman (Spencer Tracy in an Oscar-winning performance). Forced to remain with the tough and salty seamen for the next three months, Harvey must seriously adjust his attitude and pull his own weight.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Classics, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly, Dale Van Every, Marc Connolly
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On DVD: Jan 31, 2006
MGM Home Entertainment


Mickey Rooney
as Dan Troop
Charles Grapewin
as Uncle Salters
John Carradine
as Long Jack
Charley Grapewin
as Uncle Salters
Christian Rub
as Old Clement
Oscar O'Shea
as Cushman
Jack LaRue
as Priest
Walter Kingsford
as Dr. Finley
Billy Burrud
as Charles
Jay Ward
as Pogey
Roger Gray
as Nate Rogers
Gladden James
as Secretary Cobb
Goldie Sloan
as Black Woman
Gertrude Sutton
as Nate's Wife
Bobby Watson
as Reporter
Don Brodie
as Reporter
David Kerman
as Reporter
Frank Sully
as Taxi Driver
Billy Gilbert
as Soda Steward
Lester Dorr
as Corridor Steward
Jimmy Conlin
as Thin Man
Lloyd Ingraham
as Skipper of Ship
Art Berry Sr.
as Capt. Anderson
Edward Peil Sr.
as Fisherman
Jack Kennedy
as Captain of Flying Sw...
Monte Vandergrift
as Sailor on Flying Swa...
Wade Boteler
as Skipper of Blue Gill
Myra Marsh
as Chester's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Captains Courageous

All Critics (19) | 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

An unlikely love story of two opposites splendidly directed by Fleming.

Full Review… | January 10, 2016

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

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 : )

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jay nixon

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