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When spoiled Harvey Cheyne (Freddie Bartholomew) is suspended from boarding school, his businessman father (Melvyn Douglas) takes him to Europe on a business trip. When the rebellious lad falls overboard from the steamship, he is saved from death by humble fisherman Manuel Fidello (Spencer Tracy) and forced by the captain of the fishing schooner (Lionel Barrymore) to become a low-ranking member of the ship's crew alongside the captain's own son (Mickey Rooney).

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  • Feb 25, 2018
    A great adventure story of the sea that's not about adventure per se but work, hard work. A spoiled rich kid finds himself on a fishing vessel for 3 months where he must earn his keep and his Daddy's money cuts no mustard. He is taken under wing by a boisterous Portuguese fisherman (Spencer Tracy) who teaches the kid by mere proximity life lessons about responsibility, pride in a job well done, simple joy in life, as well as the transformative powers of respect. The seafaring scenes alone are dramatic.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Dec 09, 2008
    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.
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  • Mar 20, 2008
    I want Spencer Tracy to teach me to fish. Great story and a great flick
    Keith M Super Reviewer

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