Captains Courageous (1937)


captains“15 years I’ve been fisherman, first time I catch fish like you. ” – Manuel

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jul 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A spoiled rich boy accidentally falls overboard from an ocean liner and is rescued by a group of fisherman where he begins to learn about how one should act in life.

My Take on it – Just based on the fact that Spencer Tracy won his first (of two consecutive) Best Actor award, I have wanted to see this movie for years and I must say that I was a bit disappointed by this movie.

This is far from being a real interesting story and I can’t say that I found it to be believable the way that the lives of the characters are changed.

The story is drawn out too much and moves too slowly and it’s easy to lose interest in what’s going on.

The characters all feel too stereotypical which lowered the impact and realistic feeling of the story.

I’m glad I finally saw this, but I can’t say that I will ever have interest in seeing it again.

Bottom Line – Based on a novel by Rudyard Kipling that just doesn’t feel like anything special. This was Tracy’s first win for Best Actor eventhough it is far from being his best work.  Story is a bit meandering and the characters feel too stereotypical of fishermen from long ago.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Spencer Tracy received his Oscar statuette for this movie, he was surprised to find it inscribed to comic-strip hero “Dick Tracy”. An embarrassed Academy replaced the statuette.(From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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