CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (1937) B/W 115m dir: Victor Fleming

w/Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, Charley Grapewin, Mickey Rooney, John Carradine, Oscar O'Shea, Jack LaRue, Walter Kingsford

Rudyard Kipling's story of a spoiled rich boy who falls overboard from an ocean liner and gets picked up by fishermen who teach him humility and the value of honest toil.

From The Movie Guide: "For once a script perfectly suited to its director and star and one of the most lyrical children's classics ever made. Ignore the typical MGM 'prestige picture' touches and enjoy the spirited cast performing under man's man director Fleming, who is reverential to the Kipling story. ...

"CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS is a wonderful sea adventure with a heartwarming drama at its core. Tracy is excellent as the gentle fisherman, turning in a performance that won him a Best Actor Oscar. He reportedly hated his role, especially having his hair curled and wrestling with an accent (Tracy loathed externalized acting), but it doesn't show for a moment. The following year, he won the coveted statuette again for BOYS TOWN."

CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS was also nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Screenplay (Marc Connelly, John Lee Mahin, Dale Van Every, based on Kipling's novel), and Editing (Elmo Veron).