Captains Courageous (1937)

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A spoiled brat who falls overboard from a steamship gets picked up by a fishing boat, where he's made to earn his keep by joining the crew in their work.

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  • Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew in Captains Courageous (1937)
  • Freddie Bartholomew and Melvyn Douglas in Captains Courageous (1937)
  • Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew in Captains Courageous (1937)
  • Lionel Barrymore and John Carradine in Captains Courageous (1937)
  • Freddie Bartholomew and Melvyn Douglas in Captains Courageous (1937)
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9 September 2002 | Exploding Penguin
The golden age of child actors
A movie like this could only have been made in the early days of cinema. Before the days when fancy camera angles, careful editing, and computer-effects combine to make any pretty-boy a big star, movies had to rely on genuine talent on the part of child actors.

Nowhere is this more evident than with Freddie Bartholomew. The character he plays is a spoiled rich-kid, used to getting his own way and obnoxious with everyone he meets. Yet he plays the role in such a way that we can sympathize with him, rather than detest him. We understand the character, but we do not hate him.

Watch any similar movie made today, and the child actors will whine and sneer and have smart-mouthed replies to everything. In this movie, however, the character is not taken to that extreme, and when he makes his transition in the film we are able to love him, and are able to forget how horrid he was before.

The boy can truly act. When he cries for his loved ones, we cry with him. When he is happy, we are able to smile. And when he does something foolish, we do not get the urge to punch him in the face. The character is attractive by the end of the film, and that is a quality which few (if any) child actors possess today.

If you want to see a touching movie with superb acting and genuine emotion, this is the one.

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