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Captains Courageous

Captains Courageous
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DVD Features:

  • Vintage Short The Little Maestro
  • Classic Cartoon Little Buck Cheeser
  • "Leo Is On The Air" Radio Promo
  • 2 Theatrical Trailers
  • Languages: English & French
  • Subtitles: English, French & Spanish (Feature Film Only)
  • Audio: English (Mono), French (Mono)
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 31, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1937
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - French
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
  • Additional Audio Material - "Leo Is on the Air" Radio Promo
  • Featurettes - "The Little Maestro"
    • - "Little Buck Cheeser"
  • Theatrical Trailers

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by , &
Composition by
Story by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1937 - Best Actor: Spencer Tracy

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 16


User Ratings: 3,797
Rating: 3.5/4 -- If that's a Portuguese accent Tracy is sporting, then I'm Katharine Hepburn -- if anything, his performance appears to be based on Chico Marx. Nevertheless, this is top-notch entertainment. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Jun 24, 2018
Rating: C -- This hokum earned Spencer Tracy his first Best Actor Oscar. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Feb 8, 2007
Rating: 87/100 -- An unlikely love story of two opposites splendidly directed by Fleming. Full Review
Jan 10, 2016
Rating: 4/5 -- Still effective old-style literary adaptation.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Sep 18, 2003
Rating: A -- There is no better film about sailing than this. There is no better coming of age story than this. Full Review
Laramie Movie Scope
Sep 29, 2005
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
Urban Cinefile
May 15, 2008
Captains Courageous is such a beautiful and thrilling picture that one hesitates to classify it as a family film for fear people who haven't any families may be alarmed into staying away. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 2, 2019

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The fishing schooner "We're Here" has just pulled up a different kind of fish: rich, 10-year-old Harvey Cheyne, who tumbled off the side of a sleek ocean liner. Harvey will have to wait months before the "We're Here" returns to harbor, months that will transform him from a spoiled whiner into an honorable young man - all because of the life lessons he learns from Manuel, the humble fisherman who befriends him.

From Rudyard Kipling's classic, Captains Courageous thrills with its seagoing action, grand scale and all-star cast. But what gives it full-masted magnificence is the chemistry between Freddie Bartholomew (Harvey) and Spencer Tracy (Manuel). Tracy won his first Best Actor Academy Award for his towering portrait of the father we all wish for: virile, patient, wise and protective. Set sail for cinema glory.

Product Description:

This 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.

Plot Synopsis:

Based 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.


Production Notes:

  • To capture background footage, director Victor Fleming sailed a double-masted schooner from Gloucester to Newfoundland and across the Panama Canal to Long Beach, California. The main action of the film, however, was shot along the California coast, requiring tanks of live cod to be shipped down from Washington.
  • The film inspired a pair of technical innovations. Spray-proof lenses were created special for the film, along with a unique camera housing that kept the camera stable on the choppy seas.
  • The main character, Harvey, is a 19-year-old boy in Rudyard Kipling's original novel. In the movie, he's changed to a 12-year-old.
  • Songs include: "Ooh, What a Terrible Man," "Blow a Man Down," and "What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor'"

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Brilliant Movie Lover: from Rehoboth -- October, 9, 2007

Here is a "Movie Classic" that truly deserves to be called one. Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew are the perfect match for the title roles. What a wonderful adventure.

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  • UPC: 012569676749
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