Captains Courageous Overview:

Captains Courageous (1937) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Victor Fleming and produced by Louis D. Lighton.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Rudyard Kipling published in 1897.


Perfect family entertainment in the classic Hollywood style. In this Kipling story, the spoiled son of a shipping magnate (Bartholomew) falls overboard from a luxury liner and is picked up by a Nantucket fishing schooner captained by the Oscar-winning Tracy. Forced to earn his keep, the boy's extended voyage and warm relationship with the captain show him what's important in life. Remade for television in 1977 and 1996. Four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

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Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorSpencer TracyWon
Best Film EditingElmo VeronNominated
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated
Best WritingJohn Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly, Dale Van EveryNominated

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Captains Courageous (1937, Victor Fleming)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 15, 2017 From The Stop Button

As Captains Courageous enters its third act, Spencer Tracy (as a Portugese fisherman) reminds Freddie Bartholomew (a spoiled blue blood kid Tracy rescues after he falls overboard from an ocean liner) it’s almost time to go home to his regular life. It’s a shock for Bartholomew, but also ... Read full article


By Crystal Kalyana on Dec 28, 2014 From In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

Today comes my second last review for Novembers installment of “Random Movies Month” to be exhibited on Monty and Desiree’s website, so for Friday’s feature I’m reviewing “Captains Courageous” starring Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew. Spencer Tracy and... Read full article

Captains Courageous (1937)

By Beatrice on Sep 19, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Captains Courageous Directed by Victor Fleming Written by John Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly, and Dale Van Every based on a novel by Rudyard Kipling 1937/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing #104 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die I thought this one was very moving, with some great performanc... Read full article

Captains Courageous (1937) at The Somerville Theater

By Google profile on Jun 25, 2011 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

About MeBlogger, Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog and more. Please add my Google profile to your circles. One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn't belong. Does your local theater have this kind of variety? I doubt it! Please, sir. Could you show me the... Read full article

Captains Courageous

By Alyson on Jun 18, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

How do you teach a spoiled brat some respect? ?Throw him aboard a?fishing boat. That’s what happens to young Harvey Cheyne (Freddie Bartholomew). ?When we first meet the boy, he’s spoiled rotten and believes that his father’s money can get him anything. ?He uses it as a threat agai... Read full article

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Quotes from

Manuel Fidello: Wake up, Little Fish. Hey, wake up, wake up! Somebody think you dead, they have celebrations.

Harvey: I bet I know a lot of things you don't know. I know that's not French you're singing.
Manuel Fidello: That's right. About ten million people know it's Portugese.
Harvey: I bet you can't speak French.
Manuel Fidello: Right now, I sorry I speak *English*.

Manuel Fidello: Protecting, Harvey, from Long Jack's anger"You touch that kid I tear you apart see!"

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Facts about

This was one of the final films Lionel Barrymore made before his degenerative arthritis crippled him. The following year, he was hobbling around on crutches in Frank Capra's "You Can't Take It with You" (1938); after that, he was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
In the novel (which first appeared as a serialization in "McClure's" magazine beginning November 1896) Harvey Cheyne is 15 and his father and mother travel by train from San Diego when they are notified Harvey has arrived in Gloucester. In the film his father says (at 05:23) "I wish his mother had lived to see him now, ten years old and yet he's one of the editors of his school paper."
The Fishermen's Memorial at the end of the film is a replica of the one in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The actual memorial can be seen at the beginning of The Perfect Storm, another movie about Gloucester fishermen.
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