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Captains Courageous (1937)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Captains Courageous (1937)

In Victor Fleming's adventure/drama:

  • Portuguese fisherman Manuel's (Spencer Tracy) playing and singing (a song to a fish: "don't cry") with a hurdy-gurdy on the deck of his ship
  • his rescue, care and education of a spoiled rich kid Harvey (Freddie Bartholomew) (his "leetle feesh")
  • the sequences of the schooner race
  • Manuel's tragic death scene as he drowned in the waves, and his tearful goodbye to Harvey: ("Now listen to me, leetle feesh. I go now...We had good times together, eh, leetle feesh? We laugh. We sing. So you smile now...Manuel - he be watching you. You be best fisherman ever lived")
  • the poignant memorial service scene with Harvey's father (Melvyn Douglas) comforting his son in the final shot - silently, arm in arm, the two watched wreaths float away together in the outgoing tide

Hurdy-Gurdy Scene

Manuel's Drowning Death

Memorial Service


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