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A wealthy spoiled brat falls off an ocean liner and is rescued by a Portuguese fisherman. Forced to endure a three month voyage, he learns to love the sea and earns his place among the crew. Based on the Rudyard Kipling story, this is a timeless family adventure classic. Oscar-winner Spencer Tracy earned his first Academy Award as the fatherly fisherman. Co-starring child-star Freddie Bartholomew and Oscar-winners Lionel Barrymore Mickey Rooney and Melvyn Douglas. Directed by Oscar-winner Victor Fleming ,it was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Screenplay.]]>
- Vintage short: The Little Maestro
- Classic cartoon: Little Buck Cheeser
- Leo Is on the Air radio promo
- Two theatrical trailers
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However, I am just here to comment on the quality of the digital streaming transfer. I used to own this movie on laserdisc. Very worried that it would be a poor transfer to the streaming copy (you've seen it at times - bad sound, bad quality). Hesitatingly paid for the streaming copy. Streamed this to a movie projector - 7 ft wide screen. Wow! It's in its fully glory. Buy it. Thank you for preserving this gem!!
This fine cast consists of legends who give wonderful performances: John Carradine, Lionel Barrymore, Mickey Rooney, Melvyn Douglas and of course, Spencer Tracy.
The film also gives you a rare glimpse into a way of life past. Today we have huge fishing ships that net miles of fish and have the canneneries right on board. Without it being intentional, the movie shows one what life was like when people still cared about the work they did and had pride in the honest work they had accomplished. And how many of us still entertain ourselves and family by singing together and/or playing a musical instrument rather than turning to solitary pursuits with electronic machinery? I am not waxing nostalgic for the days before the advent of universal elecricity! However, the movie is a snapshot in time of a not so distant past that inspires much food for thought.
You may show this movie to your children without fear;not only is there nothing unseemly in it, it has a valuable lesson to teach us all. And it is of much better quality than any of the so-called "family films" that have been produced in the last two decades. Moreover, it opens up many interesting topics for discussion.
HOLLYWOOD TAKE NOTE: you don't need punchy soundtracks, death defying stunts and high tech wizardry to make a good movie - - just an honest story, a good script and a fine cast. This movie proves that. It was made 70 yrs ago and we're still buying it.
My only complaint with this film is that it's not available on DVD.
MARCH 2006: Thank goodness, this wonderful film has been released on DVD. There are no real 'special features' to speak of but after having not seen the movie for a long time (I gave up my VCR years ago) I was just so glad to have the movie and share it with my family.
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For me it was a waste.