Directed by Victor Fleming
USA 1937

 

  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.

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Bartholomew is the spoilt son of a businessman, who falls off an ocean liner when one of his pranks goes wrong. Tracy is the Portuguese fisherman who rescues him, but the rest of the crew on his boat, captained by Barrymore, dismiss his claims of wealth as fantasy, and set him to work. The boy learns valuable lessons about life, labour and friendship and the fine performances make it easy to forgive the film's slushiness. This was a career highpoint for Bartholomew who, like so many child stars, could not find success as an adult.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

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Theatrical Release: Mat 11th, 1937

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:56:32 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Vintage short: The Little Maestro
• Classic cartoon: Little Buck Cheeser
• Leo Is on the Air radio promo
• Two theatrical trailers

DVD Release Date: January 31st, 2006

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Fairly strong image with some visible damage marks occasionally appearing. It matches the levels that we have come to expect from Warner - and what a fabulous film! It looks and sounds great and its the type of film that Hollywood doesn't indulge in making anymore. We have Warner to thank for giving it such a fine digital treatment.  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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