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Captains Courageous

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 13 March 2011

Captains Courageous, 1990 VHS version cover

Captains Courageous (1937) (DVD) directed by Victor Fleming starring Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, Mickey Rooney.  Based on the novel of the same name (1897) by Rudyard Kipling (a long and fascinating Wikipedia entry, here).  Captains Courageous offers not only a wonderful sense of realistic detail of fishing the Great Banks in 3-masted fishing schooners in the early 20th century (with much real footage), as well as a sensitive recounting of Kipling’s tale of how a young teenager learns what it means to be fair, to work hard, and to value life, but also offers a wonderful opportunity to delve into the accomplishments of it star-studded cast, and director.  To this end, it may interest you to note the following details of their various filmographies:

Lionel Barrymore: (It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946, Directed by Frank Capra with James Stewart; Key Largo, (1948, Directed by John Huston, with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall), brother of John Barrymore, great uncle of Drew Barrymore)

Melvyn Douglas: Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for both (Hud, (1963), starring Paul Newman, and Being There (1979) with Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine)

Spencer Tracy: (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1941, also directed by Victor Fleming; Woman of the Year, 1942, with Kathrine Hepburn) ranked 9th, in 1999, by the American Film Institute’s list of Greatest Male Stars of All Time 

Victor Fleming: (The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Gone with the Wind (1939), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director.)

All said, a film worth watching for any number of reasons. (PR)

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