Captains Courageous (1937)
Taken from Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1897 book, this 1937 pic won Spencer Tracy a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the Portuguese fisherman Manuel. Filmed long before CGI and blue screens, the special effects remain amazing and the action sequences memorable and exciting. Well worth getting.
Coming of age flick: spoiled rich kid Harvey Cheyne falls overboard from a liner in the Grand Banks area off Newfoundland. Picked up by a fishing boat, he soon learns that being spoiled and arrogant has no place on a working fishing schooner captained by Captain Disko.
Harvey: I bet I know a lot of things you don't know. I know that's not French you're singing.
Manuel Fidello: That's right. About ten million people know it's Portuguese.
Harvey: I bet you can't speak French.
Manuel Fidello: Right now, I sorry I speak English.
Because John Travolta has his own jumbo and a pilot’s licence to fly it (he is a goodwill ambassador for Qantas), and because of his starring in Saturday Night Fever, Grease etc, he is often called Captain Disco.