Captains Courageous- 1937, starring Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore, Spencer Tracy, and Mickey Rooney
Maltin says- Spoiled rich-boy Bartholomew falls off cruise ship, rescued by Portuguese fisherman Tracy (who won Oscar for role). Boy learns to love seafaring on crusty Barrymore's fishing vessel. Enthusiastic cast in this splendid production of Kipling's story. Scripted by John Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly, and Dale Van Every. Remade as a TV movie in 1977 (with Karl Malden and Ricardo Montalban) and 1996 (with Robert Urich). Also shown in computer-colored version. 4 stars.
I say- I was very impressed with this movie! Although I absolutely wanted the kid in the movie to enter the world of Saw and be subjected to a Jigsaw death trap, I found the whole movie to be perfect. Very creatively shot, and they used some very interesting water effects (considering cgi had not yet existed, everything had to be done the real way). Much recommended, 4 stars.