The Greatest Fisherman
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Freddie
Bartholomew, Melvyn Douglas,
Lionel Barrymore, Mickey
Rooney, John Carradine,
Audience: All ages
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 111 minutes
Director: Victor Fleming
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Louis D. Lighton
Writer: John Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly,
Dale Van Every
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Harvey Cheyne is a spoiled 10-year-old who’s used to getting his way by throwing money at whatever problem he faces. When he tries to bribe a teacher, he’s suspended from school, and the head of the school tells his father, a captain of industry, that the father needs to spend time with his son. Harvey’s mother died when he was young, and his father has been too busy with business to pay too much attention to him.
Mr. Cheyne takes Harvey on his ocean liner to England. Showing off, Harvey drinks too many milkshakes, gets sick and falls overboard. A Portuguese fisherman, Manuel, rescues Harvey from the sea. Manuel takes Harvey on the fishing schooner We’re Here. Captain Disco hires Harvey to clean up to squelch the rumors that he’s just another Jonah bringing bad luck. At first, Harvey is spoiled, obnoxious and egocentric, but soon he becomes part of the crew.
Manuel teaches him how to fish, tells him about the greatest fisherman, Jesus, and helps him understand the Good News, that there’s more to life than this mortal coil. When the fishing schooner loses its mast and Manuel, the question is, Will Harvey grow up, will they make it to shore, will faith and values triumph?
CAPTAIN’S COURAGEOUS is an exciting story. It has an interesting structure because Harvey, played wonderfully by Freddie Bartholomew is the antagonist while Manuel, played by Spencer Tracy in an Oscar winning performance, is the protagonist. Although audiences like to think the main character is the hero, that’s not necessarily the case. This movie, like DOLL’S HOUSE and many others, gives a great lesson in great scriptwriting.
CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS is a masterpiece that will touch the deepest emotions of everyone who sees it. It’s also a tremendous witness to the reality of Heaven and the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Every child should see it to help him or her understand that life begins when you start loving others more than yourself.
CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS is a masterpiece that will touch the deepest emotions of everyone who sees it. It’s also a tremendous witness to the reality of Heaven and the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the greatest fisherman of them all! All children should see CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS to help then understand that life begins when you start loving others more than yourself.