A report on Captains Courageous (1937 film)

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Tracy and Bartholomew as Manuel and Harvey
Los Angeles premiere of Captains Courageous (May 17, 1937)

1937 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adventure film.

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Bartholomew in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

Freddie Bartholomew

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English-American child actor.

English-American child actor.

Bartholomew in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

His most famous starring roles are in Captains Courageous (1937) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936).

Tracy in State of the Union (1948)

Spencer Tracy

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American actor.

American actor.

Tracy in State of the Union (1948)
Tracy at the Northwestern Military and Naval Academy in 1919
Tracy (background) in The Last Mile – the 1930 Broadway role that saw him scouted for Hollywood
With Dickie Moore in Disorderly Conduct (1932), Tracy's seventh film
Tracy appeared with Loretta Young in Man's Castle (1933)
Tracy in Fritz Lang's Fury (1936), his first major hit
Lobby card with Clark Gable and Myrna Loy in Test Pilot (1938), one of the three enormously successful films that fixed Gable and Tracy as a team in the public imagination.
Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew in Captains Courageous (1937)
Lobby card for Woman of the Year (1942), the first of nine pictures Tracy made with Katharine Hepburn
The Sea of Grass (1947)
Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor in a promotional image for Father of the Bride (1950). The comedic role of Stanley Banks was one of Tracy's nine Oscar-nominated performances.
Lobby card for John Ford's The Last Hurrah (1958)
Inherit the Wind (1960), the first of four films Tracy made with Stanley Kramer, depicted the Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925
In Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). Tracy died 17 days after filming was completed.
Tracy's relationship with his frequent co-star Katharine Hepburn lasted from 1941 until his death. He never divorced his wife, Louise Tracy. Promotional image for Without Love (1945).
Tracy's memorial at Forest Lawn
Tracy's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6814 Hollywood Boulevard

His career flourished from his fifth MGM film Fury (1936) onwards, and in 1937 and 1938 he won consecutive Oscars for Captains Courageous and Boys Town.

1937 in film

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The year 1937 in film involved some significant events, including the Walt Disney production of the first American full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The year 1937 in film involved some significant events, including the Walt Disney production of the first American full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

May 11 – Captains Courageous premieres in New York. The film is released nationwide on June 25.

Fleming in 1927

Victor Fleming

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American film director, cinematographer, and producer.

American film director, cinematographer, and producer.

Fleming in 1927
On set of Gone with the Wind (1939). Left to right: Director Victor Fleming, Olivia de Havilland, and Louis Jean Heydt

Red Dust (1932), Bombshell (1933), and Reckless (1935) showcasing Jean Harlow, while Treasure Island (1934) starring Wallace Beery and Captains Courageous (1937) with Spencer Tracy brought a touch of literary distinction to boy's-own adventure stories.

Captains Courageous

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1897 novel, by Rudyard Kipling, that follows the adventures of fifteen-year-old Harvey Cheyne Jr., the spoiled son of a railroad tycoon, after he is saved from drowning by a Portuguese fisherman in the north Atlantic.

1897 novel, by Rudyard Kipling, that follows the adventures of fifteen-year-old Harvey Cheyne Jr., the spoiled son of a railroad tycoon, after he is saved from drowning by a Portuguese fisherman in the north Atlantic.

Cover of the November 1896 edition of McClure's, which began the serialisation of the novel.
The fishing schooner We're Here

In 1937 as Captains Courageous, produced by Louis D. Lighton, directed by Victor Fleming and starring Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, Mickey Rooney, and John Carradine. Tracy won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in this film.

First edition cover

The Catcher in the Rye

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Novel by J. D. Salinger, partially published in serial form in 1945–1946 and as a novel in 1951.

Novel by J. D. Salinger, partially published in serial form in 1945–1946 and as a novel in 1951.

First edition cover

The movie is Captains Courageous (1937), starring Spencer Tracy.

O'Shea in The Bashful Bachelor (1942)

Oscar O'Shea

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Canadian-American character actor with over 100 film appearances from 1937 to 1953.

Canadian-American character actor with over 100 film appearances from 1937 to 1953.

O'Shea in The Bashful Bachelor (1942)

O'Shea's first film was Captains Courageous (1937).

Burrud and a baby elephant, 1968

Bill Burrud

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Child actor and a television host and producer best known for his travel programs.

Child actor and a television host and producer best known for his travel programs.

Burrud and a baby elephant, 1968

He also appeared in Captains Courageous with Spencer Tracy and in several films starring John Wayne.

MGM publicity photo of Douglas, c. undefined 1939

Melvyn Douglas

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American actor.

American actor.

MGM publicity photo of Douglas, c. undefined 1939

One of his most sympathetic roles was as the belatedly attentive father in Captains Courageous (1937).

McDaniel in Broadway Limited (1941)

Sam McDaniel

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American actor who appeared in over 210 television shows and films between 1929 and 1950.

American actor who appeared in over 210 television shows and films between 1929 and 1950.

McDaniel in Broadway Limited (1941)

He played Doc, the competent ship's cook, in the Oscar-winning 1937 film Captains Courageous.