Captains Courageous (1937)
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|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.|
Editor's NoteThis Rudyard Kipling story is a family entertainment classic and one of the great films set on the high seas. Harvey Cheyne (Freddie Bartholomew), the spoiled son of a shipping magnate, falls overboard from a luxury liner and is picked up by a Nantucket fishing schooner. Aboard the schooner is a simple, honest, courageous Portuguese fisherman named Manuel, played expertly by Spencer Tracy in an Oscar-winning performance. Forced to earn his keep, Harvey's extended voyage and warm relationships with Manuel infuse him with a whole new set of life values.
Cast & Crew
|Elmo Veron - Editor|
|Franz Waxman - Musical Score|
|Harold Rosson - Cinematographer|
|Louis Lighton - Producer|
|Marc Connelly - Screenplay|
|Rudyard Kipling - Based On Novel By|
|Victor Fleming - Director|
|Victor Fleming - Producer|
Plot SummaryBased on Rudyard Kipling's classic novel, cast with top-notch actors, and helmed by Victor Fleming, an A-list director at the height of his craft, CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS is a golden-era classic. Freddie Bartholomew plays Harvey Cheyne, a wealthy, spoiled 12-year-old who falls overboard on his way to Europe. When he regains consciousness on a Gloucester fishing boat, the ship's captain (Lionel Barrymore) puts him to work next to his own son (Mickey Rooney). Harvey sulks at first, then begins a warm relationship with Manuel (Spencer Tracy), a simple Portuguese fisherman. Manuel and the other crew members teach Harvey about life at sea. In the process, he learns to care deeply for the experienced fisherman while becoming a valued crew member himself. But Harvey has one more lesson to learn before he is reunited with his father (Melvyn Douglas). The impact of Kipling's tale collides with Harold Rosson's gorgeous photography and the stellar ensemble troop to make this film a lasting favorite.
|Spencer Tracy, Winner, Best Actor|
|Elmo Veron, Nominee, Best Film Editing|
|Louis D. Lighton, Nominee, Best Picture|
|Marc Connelly et. al., Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay|