"My little fish..." Certain films stand the test of time no matter what and Victor Fleming's Captains Courageous is one such film. By chance I caught it this morning on TCM (My favorite new channel). Based on Rudyard Kiplings story of a spoiled rich boy Harvey (Freddy Bartholemew) who falls overboard and is rescued by Portugese fisherman Manuel (Spencer Tracy..who won a much deserved Best Actor Oscar) and learns some important life lessons aboard Captain Lionel Barrymore's fishing vessel 'We're Here'. A wonderfully moving film that still holds up today. Spencer Tracy's performance as Manuel is a wonder to behold. Richly detailed full of humor and incredibly moving, it is amazing. Freddy Bartholemew as Harvey also gives a great performance, and his transformation from spoiled rich boy to an able young fisherman is completely believable. The excellent supporting cast includes Mickey Rooney, John Carradine and Melvyn Douglas. Victor Fleming's (Gone With The Wind, The Wizard Of Oz) direction never falters. From beginning to end, Captains Courageous commands attention. Unfortunately, this film is not yet available on DVD but is available on VHS from Warner Bros. I believe. A timeless classic. Seek it out if you haven't seen it. Highly recommended!